Unlock-3: The Set Up 9 New COVID-19 Testing Labs in Haryana State in coming next 10 days

Chandigarh, July 29 – Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal has directed the officers to set up nine new COVID-19 Testing Labs in the next 10 days in the state and conduct a special campaign to motivate people to wear masks during Unlock-3.  Apart from this, they should also spread awareness at traffic intersections, and utilize the vehicles of the Urban Local Bodies Department and the publicity vehicles of the Information, Public Relations and Language Department, regarding wearing masks or covering the mouth and nose with a ‘gamchcha’, he added.

The Chief Minister was presiding over the meeting of the disaster management committee with various departments to take stock of the COVID-19 situation in the state today.  The Chief Minister also directed the Police Department to strictly enforce the wearing of masks and issue challans on the offenders on the spot giving them at least five masks.  If a person does not deliberately wear a mask, he should also be told that the challan amount could be increased from Rs 500 to Rs 1000 at any time in the future.

It was informed during the meeting that some states such as Karnataka, Assam, Meghalaya, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, and Maharashtra, etc. have implemented lockdown at their level of one week, one day, some weekend accordingly.  Apart from Gurugram, Faridabad, Sonipat, and Rewari districts, the number of COVID-19 positive patients in other districts is under control.  It was informed in the meeting that the news of the Chief Minister’s decision not to implement lockdown again found its way to the front page by many English and Hindi national newspapers.

Additional Chief Secretary, Health Department, Mr. Rajeev Arora apprised the Chief Minister that the average COVID-19 positive rate in the state is 5.82 percent while it is 8.56 percent in the whole country.  Haryana’s recovery rate is 78.35 percent while it is 64.23 percent in the country, he added.  He said that the death rate is 1.23 percent and in the country, it is 2.26 percent.  COVID-19 suspected cases are 32876 out of which 25758 patients are cured and the number of active patients is 6712.  He also informed that a tender has been floated for inviting three lakh Corona antigen kits out of which two lakh kits have been received.

The Chief Minister directed the officers that at least one COVID-19 Testing Lab should be opened in each district where the testing is facilitated by the RTPCR system instead of antigen testing.  Additional Chief Secretary, Medical Education, and Research Department, Mr. Alok Nigam informed that at present, there are 16 COVID-19 Testing Labs in the state including 11 in government and five in private hospitals. The Chief Minister ordered that one new lab each in four district government hospitals and five medical colleges should be set up within the next 10 days. At present, 9500 tests are being conducted every day and the number will increase up to 20,000 as soon as the new labs open. Similarly, there are 10,630 isolated beds, while there are 12,846 ICU beds and the total number of beds is 52000 and there are 426 quarantine centers.

Chief Minister directed the officers to provide free ambulance services to patients who have recovered from COVID-19 when they return for re-testing. Apart from this, plasma banks are also being set up in Panchkula, Rohtak, and Gurugram. People are being encouraged to donate plasma. Similarly, immunity-boosting kits are also being distributed by the AYUSH department to increase disease resistance. The Chief Minister said that, Ayush Kits should be distributed in large numbers.

Information was given in the meeting that under Haryana Interstate Transport Services, currently buses are being run in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. Haryana transport buses carry 35 passengers. The number of passengers is more than 1.15 lakh per day.

The Chief Minister directed that even during the festivals of Rakshabandhan and Eid, only 35 passengers should travel per bus. The Chief Minister appealed that the people should continue to celebrate upcoming festivals like Rakshabandhan and Eid in the same way that they celebrated other festivals during the lockdown in a simple manner. Brothers and sisters should exchange their messages through Mobile and send e-Rakhi, he added.

The Chief Minister said that during wedding ceremonies conducted in Banquet Hall there should not be a gathering of more than 50 people as per guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs. He said that the Police Department and Urban Local Bodies Department should ensure compliance. The Chief Minister said that strict action should be taken against the owners of the Banquet Halls, who violated the norms of lockdown and social distancing during any ceremony. For the first time violator, a fine of Rs 1 lakh will be imposed, while Rs 3 lakh for the second time and Rs. 5 lakhs for more than twice. However, if the owner continues to violate the norms, it could result in the cancellation of their license.

On this occasion, the Chief Minister released a souvenir titled ‘Samvedna’ compiled by Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), CID, Mr. Anil Kumar Rao and Superintendent of Police Mr. Pankaj Nain about the arrangements made to send stranded workers to their home states and their experiences.

Haryana Chief Secretary, Mrs. Keshni Anand Arora, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr. Rajesh Khullar, Additional Chief Secretary Home Department, Mr. Vijai Vardhan, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr. V Umashankar, Deputy Principle Secretary to Chief Minister, Ms. Ashima Brar, among others were present during the meeting.

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