As the government was yet to notify a new excise policy for the current fiscal year, the order on opening vends would be taken within a day or two, sources in the government said.
The CM said more Punjabis would enter the state from other parts of the country. He expressed displeasure over some people “sneaking in” from Haryana and Rajasthan’s borders. Appealing to them to follow the rules, he said,
The AAP leaders sat on a silent dharna outside their homes between 12 noon and 1 pm to protest against Punjab government not releasing Rs 50 lakh compensation to kin of PRTC driver Manjit Singh, who died en route to Nanded to ferry stranded pilgrims back.
“We have now asked the districts to validate these kits by taking blood samples from patients in isolation wards. If the reports match their present contagion status, then we will use these for testing,” said a senior official of the health department.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said: "The decision on further course of action will be taken after two weeks, depending on the situation. The only solution is social distancing. If it is under control after two weeks, we will take a call."
While the Health Department ordered the testing of all of them, an official of the department said it was a wait, watch and act policy. “If we will feel the need, we will do pool testing. Otherwise, we will test everyone.”
Addressing the people of the state, Amarinder Singh said residents would be allowed to step out of their homes from 7 am to 11 am everyday.
Currently, the state has only 25,000 RT-PCR test kits. The current daily testing capacity for RT-PCR tests is 1,200 tests only and is being increased to 2,000. One lakh Rapid Testing kits had been planned, but ICMR has suspended their use, states Taskforce, in its report.
Among 3,700 stranded pilgrims in Nanded, about 2,900 labourers and students from Rajasthan, several have started entering Punjab in the last few days.
The day also saw DGP Gupta launch a special social media campaign -- #MainBhiHarjeetSingh – which saw tremendous support pour in from police personnel, not only from Punjab, but across the country.
The first lot of 10 buses carrying 219 pilgrims from the holy place would be entering Bathinda on Sunday morning. From there, the pilgrims will begin their onward journey to their towns and villages after undergoing a screening
No action was taken for 24 hours despite Additional Chief Secretary, Punjab Karan Bir Singh Sidhu writing on Facebook in the morning that the Patiala SSP would take action against him.
With 47 of these patients testing positive in last 7 days, Patiala and its Rajpura (30 cases) have become the government’s new COVID-19 headache. The administration Thursday announced even stricter entry and exit curbs for Rajpura to contain the spread.
In a letter by Ashish Kumar Singh, Under Secretary, Union Ministry of Home Affairs, the state government has been informed that the relaxation in selling of liquor cannot be given.
The state government had already allowed these to open last Saturday, but the Union Home Secretary had rapped the state, calling it a violation of the Disaster Management Act, 2005. Punjab was the third state to be pulled up by the state after West Bengal and Kerala.
The gurdwara has been providing a nutritious diet rich in antioxidants to the patients to help them build their strength and immunity. While the recovery rate of Punjab remains at 19.5 per cent, the Nawanshahr Civil Hospital has reported 100 per cent recovery rate.
The Mohali district administration had conducted the test using a rapid testing kit on five COVID-19 positive patients in isolation ward in Gian Sagar Hospital at Banur just to check the efficacy of the kit.
Amarinder has written to Union Home Minister Amit Shah seeking a go-ahead, with the condition of social distancing, as the state’s revenue had sharply dipped amid the COVID-19 crisis and a curfew that would continue till May 3.
Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu, and Forest Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot had extended supported to party chief's call. However, only a few party MPs and MLAs posted pictures and videos while raising these slogans.
The state government had Saturday allowed shops selling school, college and university material, as well as outlets that sell or repair air-conditioners and coolers to open.