147 patients discharged, only 1 active case left in Amritsar district now - ECAS Punjab

147 patients discharged, only 1 active case left in Amritsar district now

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Tribune News Service

Amritsar, May 16

With the change in government policy regarding hospital admissions of asymptomatic Covid-19 patients, a total of 147 positive cases admitted to the Government Medical College and Sri Guru Ram Das Hospital were discharged on Saturday. With this, the district is left with only one active patient, who was diagnosed on Saturday.

Shivdular Singh Dhillon, DC

All patients were discharged after following proper procedure as per the revised guidelines. Patients have been asked to observe home quarantine for at least 10 days.

The authorities have discharged 296 patients till date, while four Covid-19 patients had died during treatment. The district has reported 301 positive cases till date, of which 147 were discharged on Saturday. However, one of these patients was a resident of Fatehgarh Sahib and his name was deleted from the list of positive cases from the district.

A health official said, "After the deletion of name of Fatehgarh Sahib resident, we were left with 300 positive cases. Today another positive case from Tarsikka has been identified, the count again reaches 301." He said all asymptomatic positive patients do not require hospitalisation as per the fresh government guidelines and thus have been discharged.

As per the government's fresh guidelines, all cases very mild, mild, symptomatic, pre-symptomatic, asymptomatic can be discharged from isolation centers provided they are asymptomatic for the last three days. The officials stated that the new guidelines would decrease the workload on health machinery and they would be able to focus more on critical patients.

The sources in the department stated that with repatriation of state residents from other states as well as countries expected in the coming days, a mammoth task of testing and taking care of positive cases lies ahead for the local administration.

Dubai-returned 18 persons quarantined in hostel

Tarn Taran: Eighteen persons, including three pregnant women, who had returned from Dubai, were quarantined at Bibi Amro hostel of Sri Guru Andev Dev College, Khadoor Sahib, 25 km from here, on Friday. The college is being run under the patronage of Padma Shri Baba Sewa Singh, head of the Kar Sewa sect, Khadoor Sahib.

They had reached the Amritsar airport on May 13 and were brought to Khadoor Sahib next day by the administration. They will spend 14 days in the hostel. "We are providing them organic food and all other items of basic necessities," said Baba Bada Baldev Singh, a follower of the sect.

One of the quarantined persons, Rasal Singh of Marhana (Tarn Taran) village, said they faced hardships when they reached the airport on May 13 at 9 pm. The administration pressurised them into staying at private hotels which was beyond their capacity. He said they had lost work in Dubai and returned without money. "Here we are very comfortable," he said.

It was worth noting that 155 devotees from Hazur Sahib and 45 persons from 'Majnu ka tilla' in Delhi were also quarantined at different institutes of the college in Khadoor Sahib.

57 patients test -ve, sent home

Tarn Taran: As many as 57 people, whose report came out to be negative, were sent back to their homes from hospitals on Saturday. SDM Rajnish Arora said of these, 29 were admitted to the isolation ward of the local Civil Hospital, while the other 28 were at the local Guru Nanak Dev Super Specialty hospital. As many as 85 patients have already been discharged from hospitals with 29 patients under treatment. Civil Surgeon (CS) Dr Anoop Kumar said all patients still under treatment were healthy. He said discharged patients were advised to keep themselves in quarantine at their respective homes. The discharged patients expressed gratitude to doctors, staff and the district administration for providing them adequate facilities.

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