BREAKING NEWS: CHANDIGARH WAR ROOM ANNOUNCES MODIFICATIONS IN COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS
THE VOICE OF CHANDIGARH NEWS: Governor of Punjab and Administrator, UT Chandigarh, VP Singh Badnore presided over War Room meeting. The meeting was attended by Dharam Pal, Adviser to the Administrator, UT, Chandigarh, Sanjay Baniwal, Director General of Police and Dr. Vijay Namdeorao Zade, Finance Secretary at Punjab Raj Bhawan. Kamal Kishor Yadav, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Mandip Singh Brar, Deputy Commissioner, Yashpal Garg, CEO, Chandigarh Housing Board, Vinod P. Kavle, Secretary IT, SS Gill, Secretary Education and Deputy Commissioners of Panchkula & Mohali, Director, PGIMER, Director Principal, GMCH-32 & Director Health Services, GMSH-16 attended through Video Conferencing.
WAR ROOM DIRECTIONS :
Dr. Jagat Ram, Director PGIMER stated that they have 24 covid cases in PGIMER. He also mentioned that they have tested 7,808 samples and the positivity rate was 0.14% for Chandigarh. He also mentioned that almost all the OPDs have opened up in the PGI. He further stated that they are doing about 120 surgeries daily. There are more than 410 patients in emergency. He mentioned that 17 cases of Mucormycosis have been operated and are receiving anti fungal treatment. Further 07 non-covid cases of mucormycosis are waiting for surgery. He also informed that sero-survey for paediatric cases of 6-18 years age group indicates that there are 67.4% children in sector areas, 74.3% in rural and 73.2% in colony areas have antibodies.
Director, PGIMER further informed that two oxygen plants each of 1000 Litre Per Minute (LPM) have already been set up and testing is being done.
Dr. Jasbinder Kaur, Director Principal, GMCH-32 stated that they have tested 6,060 covid samples and the positivity rate was found to be 0.1%. The positivity rate of RT-PCR tests was 0.2% but zero percent in case of RAT tests. She mentioned that there are 4 active cases of Mucormycosis in GMCH-32. She informed that 3,941 patients were seen in the OPDs (physical and tele) during the last week in GMCH-32. She also mentioned that sero-survey for adult population has been carried out in the city and the preliminary result shows 68% population in rural areas, 83.5% in urban areas and 79.8% in colony areas have covid specific antibodies.
Dr. Amandeep Kang, Director Health Services, GMSH-16 stated that 10,314 covid samples have been tested for the city during last week and the positivity rate was 0.22% with overall recovery rate of 98.6% in the city. She mentioned that 7,09,180 doses of vaccines have been administered in Chandigarh so far. 77.25% of the eligible population has been given 1st dose and 20.4% have been given 2nd dose. She also mentioned that the vaccination have been increased in the city during the last week and about 8,800 persons are being vaccinated daily. Currently, about 38,000 doses are available in Govt. Hospitals and 46,700 doses of vaccines are yet to be received from Government of India during this month. She further informed that the door-to-door survey-cum-vaccination drive in Dadu Majra, Dhanas and Kishangarh for encouraging the vaccination of left-out eligible population has already been done and 3,000 people were vaccinated in this drive with the help of NGOs and Municipal Councillors of these areas. Same exercise will continue in other parts of the city.
Two CTU buses have also been converted into vaccination buses for the purpose of vaccination. The Administrator appreciated the efforts of the Health Department for carrying out the vaccination drive in the city in the past few days.
Deputy Commissioner, Mohali stated that they have 44 active cases. Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula stated that they have 20 active cases and Deputy Commissioner, UT, Chandigarh stated that they have 46 active cases.
After detailed discussions in the War Room, the following decisions were taken :-
(i) Strict action be taken by the Chandigarh Police against the violators of the covid protocol, particularly for non-wearing of masks at Sukhna Lake and public places.
(ii) All institutions of higher learning including University, Colleges etc. shall be allowed to open for the next academic session starting from the month of August, 2021, subject to the condition that all teaching and non-teaching staff and students must have received at least one dose of vaccination, minimum two weeks ago and adherence to all covid appropriate behavior. It will be reviewed again in coming days considering the covid prevalent pandemic situation.
(iii) Commercial events like exhibitions, shows etc. shall be allowed only after prior permission from the SDM concerned. There would be a limit of 200 persons/50% of available space and strict adherence to the covid protocol.
(iv) Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh to tackle water-logging in the city during the monsoon.