Chandigarh, May 23 : Ruling out any complacency despite Punjab posting the highest recovery rate of 90 per cent in the country from COVID-19, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Saturday said that all those people, who are coming to the state, whether by flights, trains or buses, will have to compulsorily undergo home quarantine for 14 days.
Screening of those entering the state is being done at all state and district border entry points, as well as railway stations, bus stations and airports, and those found symptomatic would be sent into institutional quarantine, while others would have to undergo mandatory two-week home quarantine, the Chief Minister said, in Saturday's edition of his FB Live programme '#AskCaptain'.
Rapid testing teams would check on the home quarantined people, while those found symptomatic would have to undergo thorough testing in hospitals/isolation centres, said Capt Singh, making it clear that his government would not rely on any certificates of good health from any part of the country or the world. He cited the state's recent experience with people, who arrived from Maharashtra and Rajasthan, as well as Dubai, wherein some people who came back tested positive, despite carrying medical certificates to the contrary. Those returning to India via special international flights are already required to undergo institutional quarantine, as per the Central Government's guidelines.
With a large number of people from Punjab coming home, and more and more investors showing keenness to resume business in the state, the Chief Minister underlined the need for strict caution. 'We will not let the pandemic spread further in Punjab, which has so far managed to keep the situation under excellent control,' he asserted. In response to a question, he said there was a good chance of the infection coming here from the people returning from other countries and states, but the state was taking no chances and has made elaborate arrangements for their testing and quarantine. Five flights came in on Saturday, while 20,000 people were soon expected to come from other countries on 88 flights. Besides, 60,000 people were expected from other states, he said. (UNI)