The patient was brought to the Patiala hospital at 1:30 am after she needed a ventilator for her acute respiratory distress syndrome. None of the 14 ventilators at the Civil Hospital in Ludhiana were functioning.
Charanjeet Singh Vishwakarma, former president of United Cycles Parts and Manufacturers Association (UCPMA), said,"Who will be checking as to whether all are following safety norms or not? It shows lack of seriousness of Punjab government towards controlling a pandemic."
"We didn't know that the borders had been sealed so we walked through the forest area. If the Rajasthan government can help us reach our village, it would be a great help. The past few days have been an ordeal for us.”
"Just to favour one per cent of industry who have few pending orders, they have passed these orders. Arranging boarding, lodging and safety standards for all workers is not practical and where are we going to sell our product?," said Association of Focal Point Industries President.
In Ludhiana, a hotelier Bittu Gumber has offered his hotel to doctors, nurses and other health professionals who are on duty at the civil hospital and are away from their homes. He has also offered to arrange food for them.
Ludhiana, which is among the most polluted cities of the country, was the cleanest city of India on March 23 with air quality index (AQI) of 35, according to the data sourced from the central pollution control board (CPCB)’s app ‘Sameer’.
Although the health authorities had stated in the morning that she had a travel history of Spain, it was mentioned in the government's evening bulletin that she had no travel history and source of her infection was being studied.
The 60-year-old woman and 45-year-old man (unrelated) returned from Dubai on March 9. Both were admitted in hospital after complaining of chest pain Thursday evening, and their samples have been sent for testing.
“We do discuss the coronavirus every morning and evening after watching news channels and reading the papers. But our lives are going on as normal. We greet each as before and sit together, play cards,” says Major Singh.
The 'village police officer' will maintain a record of the village and keep a check on festivals, cultural functions etc., apart from checking on anti-social elements. Ferozepur SSP Bhupinder Singh said, “The idea is to develop harmony between the people and police and get more details about them.”