Chandigarh weekend lockdown: Only essential activities allowed, gyms and spas will be closed : The Tribune India

Tribune press service
Chandigarh, April 16

Punjab Governor and Administrator, UT Chandigarh, Vice President Singh Badnore chaired the war room meeting on Friday where it was decided there would be a weekend lockdown in the city starting at 10 p.m. April 16 (Friday) until 5 a.m. on April 19. (Monday).

The meeting was attended by Manoj Parida, Advisor to the Administrator, and Arun Kumar Gupta, Principal Secretary of Punjab Raj Bhawan.

The UT administration has urged people not to believe a false report attributed to The Tribune about the lockdown. The fake news is being spread by someone on social media. The administration clarified that official lockdown orders can be found on the UT administration website.

The shared report is a news from last year.

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Weekend Lockdown

There will be a weekend lockdown from 10:00 p.m. on 04/16/2021 (Friday) until 05:00 a.m. on 04/19/2021 (Monday).

Other Restrictions

The following restrictions will apply until 30/04/2021.

(1) All gyms and spas will remain closed until 04/30/2021.

(2) Movie theaters can operate at 50% capacity.

(3) Residents must remain indoors during the confinement period. Only essential activities will be allowed. Detailed orders will be issued by the Deputy Commissioner.

(4) All government offices will operate with 50% staff until 04/30/2021

(5) Public visitors will only be allowed to meet the officers by prior appointment.

(6) There will be a ban on social, cultural, political, religious events, etc.

(7) The current limit of gatherings in permitted functions will be reduced to 100 (outdoor) and 50 (indoor).

(8) Transport buses will only operate at 50% capacity.

(9) Museums, libraries, coaching institutes etc. will remain closed. However, online coaching will be allowed.

(10) During the period of confinement, persons appearing for the examination and those on examination missions will be authorized to travel on presentation of admission cards/identity cards.

(11) There will be screening of all city visitors at the airport, station, ISBT, etc.

(12) During the weekend lockdown, home food delivery will be allowed.

(13) All vaccination centers/testing centers/dispensaries/medical institutions will remain open during the lockdown and people going there will be allowed.

(14) All interstate travelers will be permitted daily, including the lockdown period.

Dr Jagat Ram, Director of PGIMER, said they have 222 Covid cases in Nehru Expansion Block, of which 67 belong to Chandigarh, 82 to Punjab, 41 to Haryana, 22 to Himachal Pradesh and 10 from India. other states.

He mentioned that they had tested 3,492 Covid samples, of which 552 came back positive. Thus, the positivity rate was 15.8%.

The director further mentioned that the samples that were sent for genomic testing reveal that 70% of the affected cases carried the UK strain.

This strain apparently affected younger patients and spread much faster than the previous strain.

Dr Jasbinder Kaur, Senior Director, GMCH-32, said he tested 1,971 Covid samples, of which 209 tested positive.

Thus, the positivity rate was 10.01%. She further mentioned that there were 38 patients at Dhanwantry College, 37 at Sood Dharamshala, 36 at Sector 48 Hospital and 38 at GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh.

She mentioned that the number of mobile teams has increased from two to 10, so the collection of samples from outside can be increased significantly.

Dr Amandeep Kang, director of health services, said he tested 8,834 Covid samples, of which 1,230 tested positive.

Thus, the positivity rate was 13.9%.

She also mentioned that the cumulative positivity rate for the entire city since the start of COVID-19 was 9.2%.

She mentioned that six vaccination teams are available to be sent to different sites to conduct vaccination sessions. She also mentioned that to date, 1,33,132 vaccine doses have been administered in UT.

Governor Badnore expressed grave concern over the rising number of Covid cases in the city and also the high number of deaths seen.

He gave the following instructions to the authorities.

(a) The three medical institutions should increase their facilities to accommodate an increasing number of corona patients.

(b) All corona-related deaths should be specifically audited and reports sent. The Sector 48 hospital should be made fully functional, so that it can function as an exclusive Covid hospital.

(c) All hospitals should stock enough oxygen, adequate vaccines, etc. to be used by corona patients with necessary medication.

(d) All corona patients currently under home quarantine should be regularly contacted and necessary assistance should be provided to them for their recovery. Support numbers (0172-2752038, 2634074, 2738087, 9646121642, 97795-58282 & 70875-77447)

(e) Mobile teams should be sent to temples, gurdwaras, mosques and other crowded places during the festival season, so that visitors can be screened and symptomatic cases can be tested.

(f) All stores must have their staff tested. Such personnel must post a sign indicating that their premises are corona-free.

(g) Action will be taken not only against shoppers who go to markets without wearing a mask, but also against traders who deal with customers who do not wear a mask.

Michelle J. Kelley