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As rushed influx of returnees threatens Punjab’s efforts to flatten curve, Capt says ‘don’t panic’
Fri, May 01, 2020

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,

Amid Covid curfew, a day of political protests in Punjab with safe social distancing
Fri, May 01, 2020

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.

Punjab to use 2,500 RTKs after validating these on patients
Thu, Apr 30, 2020

“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 extends curfew by 2 weeks, joins Bengal in lifting some curbs
Thu, Apr 30, 2020

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."

3,000 samples still pending, Punjab now has to test 7,000 more
Thu, Apr 30, 2020

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.”

Punjab extends curfew by two more weeks: Here is the full list of relaxations
Wed, Apr 29, 2020

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.

Punjab: Taskforce red flags low testing rate, lack of preparedness to tackle spike in cases
Tue, Apr 28, 2020

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.

Punjab to now pool test all returning from other states, put them in government quarantine
Tue, Apr 28, 2020

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.

United in solidarity from Kerala to Tripura, Covid warriors in uniform salute Punjab SI injured in line of duty
Mon, Apr 27, 2020

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.

45-hr journey, 100 buses: 3,700 pilgrims stranded at Nanded are on way to Punjab
Sun, Apr 26, 2020

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

24 hrs after he violated quarantine, health dept issues showcause to Patiala senior deputy mayor
Sat, Apr 25, 2020

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.

Chandigarh: In seven days, Patiala goes from two cases to hotspot
Fri, Apr 24, 2020

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.

Centre rejects Punjab govt’s proposal to open liquor vends
Fri, Apr 24, 2020

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.

Bookshops, AC/cooler outlets: After Centre’s U-turn, Punjab reissues orders it had withdrawn
Thu, Apr 23, 2020

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.

Punjab: In turnaround story, a gurdwara that stepped in to help save lives
Thu, Apr 23, 2020

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.

Mohali uses rapid testing kits on five positive patients, three test negative
Wed, Apr 22, 2020

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.

‘Punjab suffering financial loss’: CM seeks Centre nod to allow sale of liquor in state
Wed, Apr 22, 2020

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.

Punjab Cong chief’s ‘Modi-like’ call to raise slogans fails to get party govt’s support
Tue, Apr 21, 2020

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.

Pulled up by Centre, Punjab govt withdraws order allowing opening of bookshops, AC/cooler outlets
Mon, Apr 20, 2020

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.

Punjab directs all its frontline healthcare workers to take HCQ tablets
Mon, Apr 20, 2020

While the government has enough supply of HCQ, the medicine, which is used for treatment of malaria and certain auto-immune diseases, has vanished from chemist stores.