Trace all international passengers: Punjab Chief Minister

Chandigarh (IANS): Giving the highest importance to tracing all international passengers who arrived after March 10 to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday directed the work should continue unabated.

He directed the Health Department and the police to ensure further monitoring of those already traced and placed under home quarantine.

The Chief Minister’s fresh directive assumes significant as over 94,000 Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) have returned to the state and 30,000 of them have been placed in isolation.

While continuing with its earlier curfew orders, he said the government would take all possible steps to avoid any undue inconvenience to the providers of essential services and the public.

He directed the officials to ensure door-to-door delivery of essential services is maintained, and it might be further streamlined with the assistance of e-commerce companies.

Volunteers may also be engaged, if necessary, for ensuring prompt door-to-door delivery of essential services and commodities, said the Chief Minister.

The providers of essential services whether individuals or institutions should be allowed to operate for fixed duration but on specific permissions and after observing required health safeguards, he added.