New COVID-19 SOPs introduced in Punjab for recovered patients

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The Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for declaring COVID-19 patients as ‘recovered patients’ have been changed in Punjab.

On Monday, the Punjab Corona Expert Advisory Group (CEAG) addressed a press talk. In the press talk, the CEAG announced that from now onwards, double negative tests were not needed to declare a patient ‘recovered,’ unless the patient was a healthcare worker or lived in a hostel. Moreover, the provincial CEAG announced that the renewed minimum isolation period is ten days or ten plus three (10+3=13) days without symptoms.

Following this, CEAG also commented on the current situation of COVID-19 in Punjab. The CEAG stated that 576 new coronavirus cases have been reported in the province.

As per the COVID-19.pk portal, the latest cases take the number of confirmed coronavirus patients in Punjab to 74,778. As per the Health Ministry’s portal, 26,062 people have successfully recovered from the novel coronavirus. According to this portal, eight more deaths due to coronavirus have been reported in Punjab, taking the total death toll to 1,681.

Regarding this, the Focal Person (Digital Media) to Chief Minister Punjab, Mashwani Azhar said that the Medical Experts Advisory Group (MEAG) calls for clinical trials and increases/decreases in daily testing numbers and reasons, pool testing and Smart Sampling Phase 2.

The Punjab CEAG further said that there is no authentic drug that can cure COVID-19 patients at the time. However, some medications can minimize the complicities of the coronavirus.

The CEAG concluded by stating:

We must determine that the decrease in the number of Punjab coronavirus cases is real, and we have to wait for a few more days to know the exact situation.

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