Punjab govt makes 21-day quarantine compulsory for all those returning to state

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has announced compulsory 21-day quarantine for all those returning to the state from other places. He said, all pilgrims returning from Nanded, and students and labourers coming from Rajasthan, will be stopped at the border. They will be sent to Government quarantine centres for 21 days, he added.

The Chief Minister said that Radha Soami Satsang Deras would also be used to quarantine these people. He also indicated that his government could go for certain relaxations, while taking all precautions, based on the report of the Expert Committee formulating the state’s Covid-19 curfew/lockdown exit strategy. The Chief Minister was discussing the Covid and lockdown situation, as well as the ongoing procurement operations, in the state with Congress MLAs through a Video Conference.

There was largely a consensus among the MLAs to continue with strictness for another couple of weeks with very limited relaxations in certain areas only, and borders to remain sealed, not just around the state but also among the districts and around the villages. The MLAs were of the view that Covid patients should be hospitalised in their own district, to limit outside contact and exposure. They also advised extreme cautions in lifting restrictions.