Negative RT-PCR report or full vaccination must be for entering Punjab


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The Punjab government declared on Saturday that from Monday, only individuals who are completely vaccinated against coronavirus or have negative RT-PCR testing would be allowed entrance.

The directives, which came after Chief Minister Amarinder Singh convened a Covid review meeting in Chandigarh, also said that persons coming from Himachal Pradesh and Jammu will be closely monitored.

According to an official statement, Singh is concerned about the positivity rate in Himachal Pradesh and other areas of the nation, which has likely driven Punjab’s positivity rate up to 0.2 percent in the previous week, with the reproduction rate increasing to 1.05 percent.

According to Cambridge research, cases are expected to treble in the next 64 days, he said, adding further limitations to those already in place.

These rules would apply to anybody entering Punjab by road, train, or air, according to the chief minister, who also stated that anyone who does not meet either of the requirements will be subjected to a RAT (rapid antigen test), unless they had just recovered from Covid.

In response to reports of Covid instances in schools, the CM ordered that only fully vaccinated teaching and non-teaching personnel, as well as those who had recently recovered from Covid, be allowed to teach in schools and colleges.

He stated that all pupils will have access to the online learning option.

Since August 9, 41 kids and one staff member had tested positive at government schools.

He also directed that teachers and non-teaching employees be given first priority for vaccination, with special camps being conducted to guarantee that everyone gets their first shot this month and that those who are due for their second dosage are given extra care.

Balbir Singh Sidhu, the Minister of State for Health, proposed shortening the time between the two doses in order to provide the second dosage to teachers and other school personnel faster.

Every day, at least 10,000 test samples of kids and employees from schools must be gathered, according to the CM.

Physical education for up to class 4 has been suspended in districts where positive is above 0.2 percent until the situation improves.

According to the CM, extensive testing has revealed that the positive rate among school kids is 0.1 percent, compared to 0.2 percent total positivity in the previous week.

Virtual lessons can be taught by instructors who aren’t completely vaccinated, he said, adding that if enough fully vaccinated teachers aren’t available, the number of pupils in schools should be appropriately reduced.

He told schools that just one kid should be allowed per bench.

Parents of school-aged children should also be urged to be vaccinated as soon as possible, according to Singh, in order to allow for uninterrupted physical learning.


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