Ludhiana administration told to postpone all mass gatherings

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With the sudden surge in coronavirus cases in India, which touched 31 on Friday, the Punjab government and the state department of health and family welfare directed deputy commissioners and civil surgeons across the state to defer mass gatherings.

“In view of emerging scenario (of COVID-19) all mass gatherings and congregations should be postponed till the disease is contained. If at all any large gathering is needed, all precautions should be taken,” the advisory reads.

In light of the directions, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has postponed its remaining Kisan Melas, scheduled through March across Punjab.

Besides, the Women’s Day Walkathon, to be organised by the district administration on March 7, had also been cancelled

Civil surgeon Dr Rajesh Bagga said the civil surgeon and deputy commissioner will be the nodal persons on any updates regarding coronavirus. Four meetings in this regard were conducted on Friday with various departments of the administration.

“We are prepared to tackle any challenges. There’s no need to panic. We have started spreading awareness among people by visiting markets, shopping malls, cinema halls, schools and colleges to spread awareness about the virus. We are educating the public to avoid venturing out in the public if suffering from flu,