Punjab imposes lockdown: Punjab Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh imposed a total lockdown in the state from 7 pm to 5 am, in an attempt to control the Coronavirus spread. This happened after a day when various MLAs and ministers were found to be COVID 19 positive just before a day of the state assembly session.
Approximately 29 legislators found positive for Coronavirus. After this, on Thursday, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh appealed to all other legislators who came in contact with them not to attend the one-day monsoon assembly session that was to hold on Friday.
Amarinder Singh ordered a rapid testing machine for the early detection of the COVID 19 virus. He ordered the machines to be installed in the premises of Vidah sabha as well as in the Punjab Bhavan and other Legislators’ hostels. Only those will be allowed to attend the session who will be tested negative to Coronavirus prior to 48 hours to the start of the session.
During a meeting of Chief Minister with other officials, Chief secretary, Vini Mahajan appealed to the Legislators of other political parties to come early for the testing if they had come in contact with other COVID 19 positive colleagues.
Firstly, State Rural Development Minister, Rajinder Bajwa was tested positive for the Coronavirus but he recovered and joined the office. After him, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Jails Minister tested positive to the Coronavirus then Revenue Minister Gurpreet Kangur followed by Industries Minister Sham Sunder Arora tested positive.
Vidhan Sabha Assembly was scheduled to be held today for a one-day session.
With 1,513 fresh cases reported in Punjab in 24 hours, the total number of cases in the state has reached 46,090, among which 14,640 are active cases and 30,231 people have been recovered. A total of 1219 person has died.
Also, the Punjab government has decided to increased the validity of all the permits, registration certificates, and driving licenses which were to be expired on February 1, 2020. Now all these have validity till December 31, 2020
The CM Amarinder Singh has also imposed a total ban on all gatherings except weddings and funerals till 31 August.
Singh has asked the concerned officers and DGP Dinkar Gupta to get a grip on the all the protests by political parties and other gatherings and asked his own Congress leadership to follow the ban exactly