Punjab Government shuts isolation centers

After a decline in the number of cases, the government today decided to shut Covid Care Centres across the state. There are 24 Covid Care Centres with a capacity of around 8,000 beds. In a communication sent to all Deputy Commissioners and Civil Surgeons, the Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, said, “The bed occupancy in the Covid Care Centres has come down drastically so it has been decided to shut all the centres.” The communication further said all patients, who were admitted to the centres, should be shifted to government hospitals. Apart from this, the services of the volunteers would be terminated as per the conditions in their engagement letter, it said. The letter said the nodal officers would ensure that the equipment, including medical, clinical, electrical, furniture, wheelchairs and laundry machines, were be handed over to the hospitals concerned. The government has made it clear that it won’t approve any expenditure on the centres after Monday. Significantly, last week’s average positivity rate remained below 5 per cent. The rate was over 10 per cent a fortnight ago. On Monday, the state reported 1,062 cases and 38 deaths. With the new cases, the state tally has reached 1,19,186, and the fatalities now stand at 3,641. Among the districts, Amritsar topped the list with 178 cases, followed by Ludhiana (156), Jalandhar (98), Bathinda (70), Hoshiarpur (64) and Gurdaspur (56). Among the districts, Ludhiana reported eight deaths; Jalandhar six; Amritsar five; Fatehgarh Sahib, Hoshiarpur and Ropar three each; Gurdaspur and Muktsar two deaths each; and SBS Nagar, Kapurthala, Moga, SAS Nagar, Patiala and Ferozepur one each.


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