A video link meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Prevention of Corona was held at the Chief Minister's Office under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Bazdar. The participants were briefed on Smart Lockdown. The meeting also reviewed the treatment facilities of the affected patients and the issue of providing protective clothing and the necessary equipment to the doctors and paramedical staff.
The meeting also reviewed the steps taken for partial lockdown. Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Bazdar approved the setting up of four more labs in the province to augment the Corona diagnostic test.
Chief Minister Usman Bazdar said that in the first phase new labs would be set up in Sialkot and Sargodha while in the second phase new labs would be set up in Rahim Yar Khan and Gujarat.
He said that upgrade of 2 labs of TB Control Program and Institute of Public Health has been completed in Lahore while new labs have been set up at Allied Hospital Faisalabad, Nishtar Hospital Multan, and Tehsil Headquarters Hospital Wazirabad.
Chief Minister Usman Bazdar said that daily testing capacity in Punjab has reached 4500, 3 more new labs in Bahawalpur, Dera Ghazi Khan and Rawalpindi will be operational in the next few days. So far more than 64,000 tests have been done in Punjab while 2247 people have been tested in the last 24 hours.
Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Bazdar said that implementation of a 20-point declaration for offering five daily prayers and Taraweeh prayers during Ramadan would be ensured and action would be taken against industries violating SOPs as per law. So far, 216 areas have been locked down.
In addition, Usman Bazdar said that the Punjab government has issued an ordinance to take strict action against those who create an artificial crisis by stockpiling, medicines, flour, sugar, pulses, tea, edible oil, fish, eggs, milk, meat, Action will be taken against those who stockpile 41 essential items including face masks, sanitizers, surgical masks, fertilizer chemicals, pesticides, potatoes, and onions.