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Punjab CM orders sustained Covid testing amid projections of 2nd wave

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Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh

The Fact News Service

Punjab, November 11

          Amid projections of a second Covid wave hitting Punjab, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday directed the Health and Medical Education departments to maintain the levels of testing at 30,000 a day and also ordered amendment in rules to enable direct recruitment of super specialist doctors to meet shortfall of medical staff.

          Chairing a high-level virtual meeting to review the pandemic situation in the state, the Chief Minister asked Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan to work on amending the rules for ensuring direct recruitment in super speciality departments to prevent any weakening of the Covid battle.

          The Chief Minister directed the concerned departments to ensure that at least 25000 RT-PCR and 5000 Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) are conducted every day without any laxity in this regard. The current decline in cases notwithstanding, the situation remains grim with a second wave expected to hit the state, he said, stressing the need to strictly follow all Covid safety and behavioural protocols. He directed DGP Dinkar Gupta to crack down heavily on those not wearing masks or not adhering to social distancing and other norms.

          Captain Amarinder underlined the need to focus specially on potential super spreaders. Government employees must be tested routinely, and with schools and colleges opening up, it was important to make proper schedules and enhance the number of mobile teams for testing, he said.

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