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Covid to peak by mid-Sept in Punjab: Capt Amarinder Singh

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23 MLAs test positive ahead of Punjab Assembly session

Aditi Tandon

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 26

The Covid-19 situation in Punjab is worsening and the state will see a peak in mid-September, when cases are projected to rise to 1.10 lakh and fatalities to around 3,000, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh said on Wednesday.

He was speaking at a virtual meeting of seven CMs of Opposition parties called by Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

"The Covid situation is getting worse in Punjab. We are likely to hit the peak by mid-September. Today we have 44,000 cases which will rise to 1.10 lakh by September 18. So far, there have been 1,178 deaths in Punjab and the projection is 3,000 deaths by mid-September as per experts," Capt Amarinder said.

The CM said 8,000 vehicles were entering Punjab daily and the virus transmission was rising. Capt Amarinder also mentioned that 23 Punjab MLAs had tested Covid positive ahead of the state Assembly session.

Punjab, he said, had so far spent Rs 500 crore on Covid and got Rs 101 crore from the Centre, which has promised Rs 30 crore more. Punjab would be conducting 30,000 Covid tests a day by the end of the month. As of today, there were 499 patients on oxygen support and 55 on ventilator in Punjab, he noted.

Testing to go up

  • Punjab will conduct 30,000 Covid tests a day by the end of the month, said the CM
  • Currently, there are 499 patients on oxygen support amp; 55 on ventilator in the state
  • State has so far spent Rs500 cr on Covid and got Rs101 cr from the Centre, which has promised Rs30 cr more

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