Chandigarh, Mar 19 : Punjab government on Thursday suspended all public transport, postponed all board examinations and called off public dealings in government offices and OPD services in hospitals as the state reported first coronavirus death.
The Group of Ministers (GoM), which met under the chairmanship of Local Bodies Minister Brahm Mohindra, decided to put a ban on plying of all public transport (government and private buses) from midnight on March 20.
Likewise all the Board examinations of 10th and 12th standard have also been postponed till March 31. All the public dealings in the government offices have been called off with immediate effect. However, taxis and rickshaws have been exempted from the ban. Any gathering of more than 20 persons is also prohibited, the minister said.
The government also ordered an increase of isolation wards set at different public, private hospitals and medical institutions and to strengthen the services by ensuring availability of medical and para medical staff and adequate stock of medicines. Similarly routine OPD services in the hospitals have also been postponed but emergency services at all the hospitals and PHCs will continue. The government decided to close all the dental colleges and hospitals with immediate effect till March 31.
The government also decided to strictly implement the home quarantine protocol for all the NRIs, passengers who came from any country in the last 15 days to remain in isolation at their homes upto 14 days. It has also been decided to do mandatory stamping with indelible ink of all such NRIs and passengers in a bid to identify them in case they come out. (UNI)