Punjab chief miniter calls fight with corona virus as a complicated battle. Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh says managing COVID-19 resembles “battling a war”. Wherein an “unknown enemy” is making the fight increasingly complicated and testing one’s patience each day.
He also underlined that state is holding up with determination to fight against the emergency. He says his administration is investigating every possibility in securing sufficient life-saving equipment. Which includes ventilators, PPE kits, N-95 masks and expanding bed limit of isolation wards. The northern state has listed 79 coronavirus cases and seven passings till Tuesday morning.
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In an email meeting to PTI, Singh says the enormous number of non-resident Indian population in the state makes it increasingly vulnerable against the dangerous infection.
” another issue we are looking here in Punjab is the enormous number of NRIs and outside returnees who have gone to the state in the previous one month or something like that. Following, following and following up on them is an enormous assignment,” he says. He says the Punjab government has just reported that the passports of NRIs would be rejected or assumed if they neglect to reveal their travel history.
“The majority of the 95,000 travelers who showed up through Mohali and Amritsar air terminals before suspension of flights and the Attari-Wagah and Dera Baba Nanak land ports have been followed,” he says. “Subsequently, the Centre sent us a list of 55,000 people who arrived in Delhi and were quarantined. Contact tracing has also been completed in most cases, but there may be cases where people are hiding information, including their travel and contact history” Singh says.
The senior Congress leader says his legislature is procuring protective equipment for front line workers, including doctors and other well being staff, on a war field. “We are getting equipments from any place we can, however there is a shortage all over. We are getting indigenously made stuff speed-tried and created. Be that as it may, it’s anything but a simple activity,” he says.
On the state’s readiness on the medicinal services front, Singh says the state will scale up the limit of isolation beds to 20,000 in the following not many days from the effectively operational 2,500 beds. “We have just arranged 1.65 lakh PPE units, of which almost half have been received. Requests have likewise been set for one lakh N-95 covers and 42 lakh triple layer masks, and the greater part of them have been recieved,” he says, including private industry is additionally contributing by method for making PPE packs and N-95 covers. The administration emergency clinics in the state as of now have about 500 ventilators, he includes.
Singh, be that as it may, mourns that the state needs more COVID-19 testing units. “And of course, there is the question of testing of people for the disease. We are told to test, test and test. But we do not have enough kits, though we are now using mobile vans for community testing in hot-spot areas. The central government has allowed rapid testing, but we need kits for that too” he says.
Adding to the misfortunes is the monetary effect of the disease, with Punjab foreseeing a hit of Rs 5,000 crore in income by April-end. “Starting at now, things have not gone out of control in india, yet the numbers are expanding each day. We have seen a spike (of cases) here in Punjab in the previous not many days,” he says.
The chief minister says the COVID-19 emergency has hit the economy of the state with no income age from VAT and different sources. Punjab was the main state in the nation to cinch time limitation a month ago. – PTI