In the wake of the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in Punjab, the Chief Minister of the State, Captain Amarinder Singh, has extended the night curfew across the state from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. until January 1, next year.
This came after the second Sero-Survey conducted in 12 districts of Punjab found that a total of 24.19% of the state’s population has been infected by Covid-19.
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Sharing the findings of the Sero-Survey, conducted among randomly selected districts and populations, Health Secretary Hussan Lal stated at a high-level meeting chaired by CM Amarinder Singh that a total of 4678 participants were interviewed and samples were collected of blood.
Of these, 1,201 tested reactive IgG, of which only 4.03% were symptomatic and 95.9% were asymptomatic, said a statement from the Punjab CMO.
The Sero-Survey also said:
1) Urban areas showed a positivity rate of 30.5%, while rural areas reported a positivity of 21.0%.
2) Ludhiana, with 54.6% total positivity and 71.7% urban positivity, turned out to be the most affected, followed by Ferozepur, Jalandhar and SAS Nagar (Mohali).
3) Female positivity was found to be higher in both urban and rural areas.
The decision to extend the night curfew was announced by the Punjab Chief Minister’s Office. “The captain of the Punjab CM, Amarinder Singh, orders the extension of the night curfew and restricts the number of people in meetings until January 1, 2021, with directives to the state police to ensure strict compliance, especially in the places of marriage “, news agency AND ME Punjab CMO quoted as saying.
Penalties to be imposed in case of deviation
Captain Amarinder Singh has also asked DGP Dinkar Gupta to strictly enforce restrictions of a maximum of 100 people in indoor gatherings and 250 outdoors in wedding palaces and other venues, with penalties to be imposed on hosts in case of deviation.
Meanwhile, Punjab reported 28 more deaths due to the deadly virus on Thursday, as the death toll passed the 5,000 mark, while 635 new cases brought the infection count to 1,58,556, according to a medical bulletin.
Six new deaths from Mohali were reported; four each from Amritsar and Hoshiarpur; three each from Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Patiala; two from Sangrur and one from Barnala, Mansa and Moga, the bulletin added.
The new deaths brought the death toll in the state to 5,007.
Punjab now has 7,423 active coronavirus cases, according to bulletin