Few locals gathered to get themselves tested for coronavirus as they saw a mobile testing van passing by in Sahnewal village near Ludhiana | Praveen Jain | ThePrint.
Few locals gathered to get themselves tested for coronavirus as they saw a mobile testing van passing by in Sahnewal village near Ludhiana | Praveen Jain | ThePrint.

Ludhiana: At 2.94 per cent, Punjab’s Covid-19 fatality rate is the worst in the country. Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has been holding review meetings with state health officials via video conferencing to assess the situation.

The focus has also shifted to the state’s rural areas, with government officials claiming that people in villages are reluctant to get themselves tested. With the government ramping up testing in villages, various mobile testing vans were seen entering the rural pockets.

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ThePrint visited Bakarpur and Sahnewal villages in the state.

Located on the Airport Road in Mohali, Bakarpur village is known for its shrines and the Mahendra Choudhary Zoological Park. Many people from Ambala and Mohali have settled in this village over the last couple of years.

At a health camp organised in Bakarpur, a team of health workers were seen spending hours trying to motivate residents to come forward and get themselves tested for Covid-19.

In Sahnewal, which is situated around 95 km away from Bakarpur, a mobile testing van was seen entering its narrow lanes to conduct Covid-19 tests.

ThePrint’s National Photo Editor Praveen Jain and Special Correspondent Aneesha Bedi bring you glimpses from the ground.

Female farmers queue up ahead of a mobile testing van as Punjab carries out a testing drive in rural areas | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Women queue up in front of a mobile testing van in Bakarpur village | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A nurse on sampling duty blessing a young girl in Bakarpur village ahead of her turn for COVID—19 testing | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A nurse on sampling duty walks past a young girl waiting for her turn to be tested, in Bakarpur village | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Villagers following the testing van in Sahnewal Village | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Villagers wait by a testing van in Sahnewal village | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A woman getting tested in a health camp organised by the Ludhiana health department in a village close by | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A woman getting tested at a health camp organised by the Ludhiana health department | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A young kid looking at the testing kid in Sahnewal village | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A child looks on while an official uses a testing kid in Sahnewal village | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Children seen running towards a mobile testing van in Sahnewal village | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Nurses prepare ahead of the test drive near a field in Punjab’s Sahnewal town | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Nurses on duty in Sahnewal village | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Villagers get tested for Covid in Sanhnewal village. The van has the photo of Punjab Cheif Minister Capt Amrinder Singh | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Villagers get tested for Covid-19 in Sahnewal village | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A pregnant woman leaving a health centre after her Covid-19 test in Sahnewal village | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A testing van waiting for villagers amidst the fields in Sahnewal village | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A mobile testing van waiting for villagers amid the fields in Sahnewal village | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

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