JALANDHAR: Taking unprecedented steps, Punjab has quarantined Nawanshahr village after its 70-year-old resident, tested positive for Covid-19 and died yesterday.
The Nawanshahr administration quarantined the village with a population of 2,200. The measures have been put in place on a war footing to ensure containment of the deadly virus.
A 72-year-old man from Punjab died at a hospital in Punjab’s Nawanshahr district after severe chest pain. His samples tested positive for coronavirus, senior officials in Punjab said.
The old man had returned from Germany via Italy on March 7.
The septuagenarian, who had diabetes and hypertension, tested positive after he died at the Banga community health centre on Wednesday, said Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) Director Jagat Ram.
With Punjab witnessing its first COVID-19 death, on March 19, group of Ministers decided to take stringent measures to prevent public from moving out of their homes for non-essential works.
Under the chairmanship of Local Bodies Minister Brahm Mohindra, the GoM banned all public transport (government or private) from midnight on March 20. Taxis and cycle rickshaws have, however, been exempt.
The GoM decided to increase the number of isolation wards at public, private hospitals and medical institutions.
It was also decided to restrict gatherings at functions such as marriages to 20.