Narendra Modi asks other states to adopt Punjab’s micro-containment, house-to-house surveillance strategies to contain COVID-19 outbreak

Appreciating Punjab's COVID micro-containment and house-to-house surveillance strategy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked other states to adopt the model, which was helping Punjab successfully control the spread of the pandemic

Asian News International June 17, 2020 09:43:16 IST
Narendra Modi asks other states to adopt Punjab’s micro-containment, house-to-house surveillance strategies to contain COVID-19 outbreak

Chandigarh: Appreciating Punjab's COVID micro-containment and house-to-house surveillance strategy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asked all other states to adopt the model, which was helping Punjab successfully control the spread of the pandemic to a significant extent.

The Prime Minister intervened as Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh was describing the state's model to combat COVID-19 and suggested that all states should follow the same strategic approach to effectively counter the virus, read an official statement.

The Prime Minister was conducting a video conference meeting with chief ministers of Punjab and some other states, as part of his scheduled two-day interactions to review the COVID situation and management strategies of all the states.

During the meeting, the Punjab Chief Minister suggested to the Prime Minister to set up a group, which should include a few chief ministers, to discuss and formulate a coordinated Centre and state response to the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the economy and governments across the country.

Calling for urgent steps to mitigate Punjab's financial stress, the Chief Minister said that a detailed memorandum had already been sent to the central government, listing out the impact of COVID-19 and also seeking fiscal and non-fiscal assistance, the statement said.

Even though Punjab's contribution to the all-India cases was less than 1 percent (at 3,140 cases) at present, with a mortality rate of 2.1 percent and recovery rate of 75 percent, the curve was rising as a result of the inbound travellers and the easing of restrictions and more mixing of people, the Chief Minister said, giving a status update on the COVID-19 situation prevailing in the state.

Emphasising the need for more tests, despite the current 5,527 tests per million in Punjab being higher than the all India average of 4,088, Singh reiterated his request to the Prime Minister to direct the Centre's institutions in Chandigarh and Punjab to increase testing capacity.

On the state's preparedness to tackle the further spread of the pandemic, the Chief Minister informed the meeting that 5,000 isolation beds were ready in Government Level 2 and 3 facilities, in addition to 10,000-15,000 beds in Level 1 COVID Care Centres for mild patients. "These Level 1 beds can be scaled to 30,000 if the need arises," he said.

Updated Date:

also read

NBA: Vaccine sceptic Andrew Wiggins says he was forced to get COVID-19 jab
Sports

NBA: Vaccine sceptic Andrew Wiggins says he was forced to get COVID-19 jab

"I guess you don't own your body. That's what it comes down to. If you want to work in society today, then I guess they made the rules of what goes in your body and what you do. The only options were to get vaccinated or not play in the NBA. It was a tough decision," Wiggins said.

Charanjit Singh Channi to meet Amit Shah in Delhi shortly, likens Lakhimpur Kheri incident with Jallianwala Bagh tragedy
India

Charanjit Singh Channi to meet Amit Shah in Delhi shortly, likens Lakhimpur Kheri incident with Jallianwala Bagh tragedy

Channi said the violence in Lakhimpur Kheri reminds him of the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh tragedy.

Over 96 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India, says Union health ministry
India

Over 96 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India, says Union health ministry

The daily vaccination tally is expected to increase with the compilation of the final reports for the day by late night, the ministry said