“Punjab is going to be the other next ‘Corona’ Hotspot”, according to experts. Nearly 90,000 NRI (Non-Resident Indians) have returned in the state this month. Health minister BS Sidhu wrote a letter addressing to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, he wrote, “Punjab has maximum numbers of NRI. Many have symptoms of Covid-19 and are further spreading the disease. The numbers of COVID-19 patients are going to increase alarmingly”. Amongst all of them there are many people who have been kept under treatment, but many have also hidden their travel history.
Putting a thought on this, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh seeks an aid of Rs 150 crore from the Centre for major security, sanitation and medical preparation drive. The state government has also been voraciously working and has enabled an entire lockdown in the whole state – “In the interest of the state and in the interest of all of you”. “During a curfew, people can be arrested or fined if seen out on the streets”, he stated on Monday. However the CM applauds the contributions of the Punjab Police who has been fast and prompt in the services as per the needs of the hour.
There has been 88 families who have been home quarantined and the center has most likely agreed to provide the funds for Punjab Government. The Health Ministry puts forth that anyone arriving will have to be in isolation for 14 days and test will be done for free for them.
“Adherence of curfew is a must for the greater good. I have directed all DCs & SSPs to put in place a proper system of door-to-door delivery of milk and other essential commodities. Some shops selling essential items will be allowed to be opened on rotation basis for home delivery” –CM tweeted
There were more 251 samples which had been tested among which 183 were tested negative but results of more than 80 samples are yet to be tested. 29 cases reported among which the youngest case is of a 2-year-old baby. So far Punjab has witnessed one death of a 70-year-old man who had returned from Germany via Italy.
According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, there are total 562 cases of corona virus in India among them 512 cases are active. 11 people have been killed. Across the world, more than 420,966 people have been infected with corona virus and more than 109,000 have been recovered and over 18,000 have died.