Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh. (File)
Punjab Coronavirus News: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said that the situation is expected to worsen, especially in South Punjab. He said that in Ludhiana alone, more than 1300 cases were reported on Sunday.
Chandigarh Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday expressed fears of worsening of the condition of corona virus in the state and said that he was not in favor of putting a lockdown to deal with the situation arising out of Kovid-19. The Chief Minister made this remark in a meeting. A day before this, more than seven thousand new cases were reported in the state, which is the highest in a day after the outbreak of the epidemic last year.
Singh said that the situation is expected to worsen, especially in South Punjab. He said that in Ludhiana alone, more than 1300 cases were reported on Sunday. According to a statement, the Chief Minister said that stringent measures are being taken to deal with the increase in cases, but he is not proposing a lockdown in the state, as it leads to economic troubles and migration of migrant laborers.
Singh said in another meeting that the state government is making all efforts to get oxygen to fill its dwindling storage of oxygen. He said that out of the 105 tonne quota of oxygen, the state is getting only 85 tonnes of oxygen and the rest is being sent to PGIMER Chandigarh. The Chief Minister has directed the Health Department officials to keep in touch with the Center for the supply of anti-Kovid vaccine.
Meanwhile, the Western Command of the Army has assured to make the idle oxygen plants in the state operational again. Lieutenant General RP Singh, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Command, has offered to provide personnel to run the 100-bed Kovid Center in an online meeting with the Chief Minister. This center is proposed to be set up by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research in a building taken from the state government.