Punjab rules out lockdown

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The Punjab Government has ruled out imposing lockdown in the state. Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan, who is micro-managing the state’s Covid management strategy, said the state should soon see the second wave peak.

“We are effectively dealing with the second, more virulent wave of the pandemic. The recently imposed restrictions and increase in daily testing from 35,000 to 60,000 seem to be working. The case fatality rate is coming down. There is no reason to impose lockdown. Our emphasis is on strict compliance of the restrictions already imposed,” she said. — TNS

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