The CM mentioned he had thus far kept away from ordering a sweeping lockdown in the state as a result of it might damage the poor essentially the most and result in exodus of migrant labourers, plunging industries into chaos once more. “However, if the folks don’t stringently adjust to the restrictions in place, harsher steps may need to be taken,” he added.
The state is presently in a delicate lockdown scenario, with sturdy curbs in place and with extra restrictions imposed by the federal government on Sunday. DGP Dinkar Gupta instructed the assembly that every one measures had been being taken to implement the present curbs strictly.
The chief minister additionally ordered a cease on all take-away deliveries from eating places, which was being utilized by children as a pretext to maneuver out of their properties. Only house deliveries of meals ought to be allowed, he directed the officers. He, nonetheless, gave permission for retailers promoting fertilisers to be open.
Asserting that he wouldn’t permit Punjab to go the best way of another states the place sufferers may very well be seen mendacity out on the roads, the chief minister mentioned trade ought to be inspired to make use of their CSR funds for vaccination and therapy of their labour affected by delicate or average sickness, in order that they may keep at house, decreasing stress on hospitals.
Underlining the necessity to step up preparedness amid projections of a peak in the approaching days, the chief minister ordered 20% enhance in mattress capability in the subsequent 10 days. He directed the well being and medical schooling departments to get stadiums, gymnasiums and different such locations prepared to deal with sufferers. Tented camps ought to be arrange, and gymnasiums/halls ought to be transformed into L2 and L3 amenities, he mentioned, including that “We must be ready for the worst.” He additionally directed use of workers from rural improvement and different departments to reinforce the workforce for tracing of Covid contacts in rural areas.
The directives got here as well being minister Balbir Sidhu mentioned the scenario was grim with solely 300 beds now accessible at L3 degree in the state. Hospitals had been getting overwhelmed, he added.
Dr KK Talwar, head of the state’s Covid skilled committee, burdened the necessity to prioritise monitoring of house isolation circumstances to determine critical sufferers quick, particularly in rural areas. With no readability nonetheless on whether or not mutation was accountable for the present unfold, he additionally underlined the significance of growing L3 mattress capability.