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Coronavirus scare: Over 70,000 people screened in Punjab, 300 home quarantined in Mohali

Isolation wards for coronavirus have been set up in all districts of Punjab and people are being screened at Indo-Pak borders in Attari and Dera Baba Nanak besides two airports in Mohali and Amritsar.

Even as no positive coronavirus case has been reported in the region, the state authorities in Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and UT Chandigarh were at their toes to deal with the Covid-19 threat.

Punjab alone has screened over 70,106 passengers at various locations including airports and international borders.

PUNJAB AND CORONAVIRUS

Giving details about the measures, the Punjab government on Thursday said 47,671 people have been screened at Amritsar airport besides 4,943 at Mohali airport, 5,401 at Attari border and 12,091 at Dera Baba Nanak checkpost as a precautionary measure.

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday reviewed the state’s preparedness to tackle the deadly coronavirus, and directed the health department to keep a close tab on the situation triggered by the global spread of the virus.

Captain Amarinder Singh, who has decided to personally monitor the situation on a day-to-day basis, has appealed to the people to keep away from crowded places as a preventive measure.

Captain Amarinder Singh has ordered the health department to gear up — in mission mode — to deal with the coronavirus.

A state rapid response team has been constituted, with four senior doctors, for the purpose.

A control room has been established in each district, with district rapid response teams to maintain a strict 24×7 vigil.

These are in addition to the state-level control room – phone numbers (88720-90029/0171-2920074).

Health and Family Welfare Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu informed Amarinder S=ingh that at present, there were total 5,795 people in Punjab with travel history to affected countries.

As on Thursday, 13 people were found exhibiting symptoms similar to that of Covid-19.

 

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