OPDs, elective surgeries to resume in Punjab; govt schools to reopen from October 19
The state government of Punjab has also allowed re-opening of government schools from October 19, after stringent sanitation and disinfection procedures.
October 15, 2020 / 05:36 PM IST
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh
As COVID-19 cases showed a decline in the state, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on October 15 announced the resumption of normal Out Patient Department (OPD) services and elective surgeries, with extensive precautions in place.
The state government of Punjab has also allowed re-opening of government schools from October 19, after due sanitation and disinfection procedures, and with clear SOPs mandating parents’ consent, as well as a ceiling on the number of students and hours of operation, reported The Tribune.
Some of the private schools in the state have opened on October 15.
According to the report, the CM who was chairing a virtual meeting also expressed concern over the warnings by health and medical experts of the grave possibility of the second wave hitting the state in the festival season or during the winter months. Singh directed the departments concerned to ensure that all steps are taken to keep things under control in the festive times ahead.
On October 14, as many as 31 more people died from COVID-19 in Punjab and 549 fresh cases surfaced, taking the number of infections to 1,25,760, according to a medical bulletin. So far, 3,925 people have died from the infection in the state.