The new centres have been added in Amritsar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Jalandhar and Bathinda.
Punjab health minister Balbir Singh Sidhu said these districts required more hospitals for providing an optimal level of tertiary care to the patients infected by the virus. He said hospitals recommended by the expert committee and hospitals which have submitted self-declaration from these five districts have now been authorised as tertiary care hospitals for the treatment of severe Covid patients.
Sidhu said even as there has been a rise in daily cases, the government is providing provided optimal level II and level III hospital facilities in the state. Patients are getting free of charge treatment in all government hospitals and critical patients who are referred to private hospitals from government facilities are also being treated free of cost, he said.