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The Punjab government has decided to extend the COVID-related restriction in the state till 30 September in the view of  upcoming festival season. 

The chief minister's office said, there will a limit of 300 people on all gatherings, including political events, and strict enforcement of wearing of masks as well as social distancing. 

"It is mandatory for organisers, including political parties, to ensure that participants, management and staff at food stalls, in festival-related events are fully vaccinated, or at least have had a single dose," said a press release from the Chief Minister's Office.

Singh chaired a virtual high-level Covid review meeting and directed the Director General of Police and other officials concerned to ensure compliance with the restrictions by all. The Anganwari Centres are to be opened from this month for vaccination of staff and other guidelines to be worked out jointly with the Health Department, it stated.

The release further informed that the government ordered to further increase the testing capacity and to make necessary precaution arrangements in view of the possible third wave.

With 30 fresh cases, the infection tally in Punjab reached 6,00,970 on Friday, according to a medical bulletin. One Covid-related death in Amritsar took the toll to 16,453.

The toll included one death which was not reported earlier. The number of active cases in the state was 323.

Ferozepur reported four cases, followed by three each in Faridkot and Mohali, among new COVID-19 cases. Twenty-five people recovered from the infection, taking the number of those who have been cured to 5,84,194, according to the bulletin.

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