Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday gave the go-ahead for launching a pilot project for Covid-19 rapid antigen testing from the coming week, as well as e-registration for people entering the state to ensure strict monitoring of those coming from the high-risk NCR region.
On successful completion of the pilot rapid antigen project, which will cover a minimum of 1,000 tests, such testing would be done on the migrants coming back to the state in the wake of reopening of industries and for work in the paddy fields.The state will procure rapid antigen testing kits to scale up its Covid testing capacity, which is even now higher than the Central government”s mandate of 140 tests per million per day in regions with positivity factor of less than 10 per cent.
With positivity rate of just two per cent, Punjab is already conducting 242 tests per million a day as part of its strategy to check further spread of the pandemic. Notwithstanding the Centre”s revised guidelines replacing home quarantine for domestic travellers with self-monitoring, the Chief Minister ruled out any such move in Punjab in view of the large number of people coming to the state every day from Delhi and the NCR, where cases were currently spiralling.
He also made it clear that no vehicle should be allowed to enter Punjab without a stringent monitoring mechanism in place. Amarinder Singh was reviewing the Covid situation and preparedness in the state with senior government and health officials, through video conference.
more recommended stories
354 Arrests, 32 Accused Convicted under PMLA in Last Five Years
NEW DELHI:Total 354 arrests have been.
Parliament Proceedings Washed Out for the Day
NEW DELHI:Both Houses of Parliament were.
Kerala Woman Threatens to Bomb B’luru Airport, Arrested
BENGALURU:Karnataka Police have arrested a woman.
Delhi University Forms 7-Member Panel To Probe Jan 27 Ruckus Outside Arts Faculty
NEW DELHI:The Vice Chancellor of the.
Government Notifies GACs to Look into Complaints Against Social Media Firms
NEW DELHI:The Centre has notified three.
Punjab National Bank Celebrates 74th Republic Day
NEW DELHI:Punjab National Bank (PNB), nation’s.
Amid Peeing Controversies, Air India Modifies In-flight Alcohol Service Policy
NEW DELHI:Amid recent incidents of unruly.
Govt to Hold Separate Consultation Next Month on PIB Fact Check: MoS IT
NEW DELHI:Amid outrage over a plan.
Four Kids Among 11 Die During Gujarat Uttarayan Festivities
AHMEDABAD:At least 11 people, including four.
Vaccines or Villains? Govt Admits Multiple Side-effects of Covid-19 Jabs in RTI Reply
MUMBAI:It’s official. The government’s two top.