According to the state well being division knowledge, Punjab has recorded day by day instances between 200 and 350 for the final a number of days.
It added virtually 5,000 instances in a interval of 21 days beginning February 1. The variety of energetic instances on February 21 stood at 3,019 as in opposition to 2,101 on February 1, a rise of 44 per cent, the information confirmed.
“People are not following COVID-19 safety precautions like wearing masks and maintaining social distancing which is the main reason behind the surge in cases in the state,” stated Rajesh Bhaskar, Punjab’s nodal officer for COVID-19.
Officials careworn that individuals ought to shed the informal strategy.
They stated some college students and academics testing optimistic for coronavirus in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Ludhiana and different districts has additionally contributed to the an infection tally.
Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar has the very best variety of energetic instances in the state at 583, in accordance to well being division knowledge.
When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit the nation final 12 months, SBS Nagar had emerged as one of many hotspots. However, later the authorities efficiently managed to include infections.
Punjab Health Director G B Singh stated, “We have sent a team of experts to SBS Nagar to see why the cases are on the rise in the district.”
The state well being division has additionally despatched some samples for genome testing to the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, Delhi to test for the potential of one other pressure of the virus, he stated.
Punjab is amongst 5 states which were requested by the Centre to refocus on strict surveillance, containment and RT-PCR testing to test the rising variety of instances. The different 4 states are Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.
So far, solely 79,000 of two.06 lakh healthcare staff and 4,000 of 1.82 lakh frontline staff have been administered the COVID-19 vaccine in Punjab, displaying they’re nonetheless hesitant to take the vaccine.
Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu had on Sunday stated healthcare staff who don’t get the COVID-19 vaccine wouldn’t be allowed quarantine go away in the event that they get contaminated later.
He had additionally stated that they might have to bear the price of their therapy.
As of Sunday, Punjab’s an infection tally stood at 1,78,459 and the dying toll at 5,754.