Punjab introduces law reinforcing coronavirus security measures

Punjab government introduced the Punjab Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Ordinance, 2020 reinforcing coronavirus security measures.  According to the law, any private hospital or practitioner in Punjab can be ordered to treat coronavirus patients and anyone knowing about a potential patient has to inform certified medical officer immediately. Burial and transportation of these patients has to be carried out under restricted provisions.

Additionally, the ordinance gives authorities powers to restrict children from going to schools, sealing an infected place, restricting movement to and from a specific place and keeping an infected person isolated. Failure to comply with the law will result in imprisonment for six months and a fine of Rs50,00 while corporations violating the law will be penalised with a fine of Rs200,000.

Source: Samaa