Punjab reports fourth Coronavirus death, 41 people infected in total
- A day after testing positive for Coronavirus, a 65-year-old man with no travel history died on Tuesday (March 31).
- After this, at least 50 medical workers —including doctors who were exposed to the Coronavirus patients — were quarantined.
- Punjab reported two Coronavirus deaths yesterday. The 41-year old patient was diagnosed as Coronavirus positive after the death, IANS reported.
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Punjab reported two Coronavirus deaths yesterday. The 41-year old patient was diagnosed as Coronavirus positive after the death, IANS reported.
While the other patient, 62-year old man, had recently returned from Germany and Italy and his medical history also shows that he was diabetic and was suffering from hypertension. His family, including wife, son and daughter-in-law have also been tested positive for Coronvirus and are undergoing treatment.
Meanwhile, one more person tested positive for Coronavirus in the state. "His contact details are being traced and their tests would be conducted accordingly," Deputy Commissioner Girish Dayalan told IANS.
COVA app for curfew passes, reporting mass gatherings, and more
The residents of Punjab can now get curfew passes in case of emergency via COVA app, which was designed and developed by the Punjab government earlier this month. According to the state government officials, the app can be used to report mass gatherings, foreign returned travellers and know home quarantine patients.
It will soon provide groceries services as well, IANS reports. As of March 28, the app, which is available in Hindi, English and Punjabi has over 4.5 lakh user registrations per day.
Punjab reported no new Coronavirus infections or deaths on Saturday (March 28). However, a 48-year old policeman Mian Singh, who was on curfew duty , died of heart attack in Patiala. He was performing duty for over 14 hours a day since the curfew began, IANS reported.
10 Lakh dry ration packets for daily wagers
The Punjab government has distributed nearly 1.9 lakh food packets so far. This was after the Chief Minister of the state, Amarinder Singh announced 10 lakh packets of dry ration to daily wage and unorganised workers to help them battle Coronavirus. The packets will include 10 kg flour, 2 kg pulses and 2 kg of sugar. In fact, to make sure that the supply of essentials doesn't stop, Punjab has dispatched 50,000 tonnes of wheat and rice to other states via trains, Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu told IANS.
The state government has also set up medical camps, along with facilitating 3,000 trucks carrying essentials.
A total of 79 FIRs were registered and 104 people arrested in past 24 hours for curfew violations.
6,000 prisoners released
The Punjab government was also planning to release as many as 6,000 prisoners to decongest the jails, amid the Coronavirus pandemic. Jails Minister of the state, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa said that the prisoners would be released for six weeks, IANS reported.
There are as many as 24,000 prisoners in 24 jails in Punjab, which exceeds the authorised strength of 23,488.
The state government is also aggressively tracing all international passengers who arrived after March 10 in the state as the total number of Coronavirus cases spiked to 33 in Punjab, as on March 27. Singh said that over 94,000 NRIs have returned to Punjab and 30,000 of them have already been placed in isolation.
PM Modi announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown on March 24. Punjab was the first state to impose the curfew to prevent the further transmission of the virus. However, on the first day of the curfew, Punjab Police registered 232 FIRs, along with arresting over 100 people for violating the rules and restrictions.
According to IANS, as many as 43 people were arrested from Tarn Taran district while most of the FIRs were filed in Mohali and Amritsar, the Director General of Police (DGP) said. Eight coronavirus cases were reported on Sunday (March 22), after which the Punjab government announced curfew in the state.
Contributing to the funds to tackle the spread of Coronavirus, Punjab cabinet minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, CM Amrinder Singh announced to contribute one month’s salary to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund, IANS reported.
Soon after, the Punjab IAS officers also said that they will contribute their one-day salary to the fund. That accounts for a total of ₹33.2 lakh fund from the salaries of 121 IPS (Indian Police Service) and 809 PPS officers in the state.
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The state population had taken a casual attitude to lockdown, resulting in the problem. “There is apprehension of spread of COVID-19 in Faridkot due to non-cooperation of the general public during lockdown. This curfew order shall be imposed immediately today, till further orders. No member of public shall remain out of door or any public place falling within the boundary of district Faridkot,” the official announcement in Faridkot district said.
However, the orders are not applicable to police and military personnel, medical staff at hospitals and nursing homes, petrol pumps and employees at the Deputy Commissioner’s office.
Earlier, the chief minister Amarinder Singh appealed to the residents to observe all health safeguards and avoid leaving their homes unless there is an acute emergency.
Moreover, the lockdown notice said that the banks and ATMs, and others operating with daily needs of people shall remain open. "During this period, all commercial establishments and shops will remain closed except those dealing in essential commodities like food, grocery, medicines, etc. All essential services such as water supply, sanitation and electricity shall be maintained. Restrictions on public transport imposed earlier will continue till March 31," he added.
However, since the curfew announcement did not exempt banks to continue operations, all public and private banks have revised their working hours to 10 AM to 2 PM. But the ATM services will be functional from 6 AM to 10 PM.
The total number of infected patients in India stands at 446, as on March 23 — after 36 people were cured and nine were declared dead. Given that, 30 states have announced lockdown so far across districts. These measures are valid till March 31.
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