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Kapurthala man among 2 dead

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 18

With two more patients succumbing to Covid-19 today, the number of total casualties due to the pandemic has reached 37 in the state.

While one patient belonged to Hoshiarpur, the other was from Kapurthala.

Besides, 16 new cases were reported, taking the total number of patients to 1,980. One patient is critical and is on ventilator support.

As per the state media bulletin, Ludhiana topped the chart with six cases, followed by Hoshiarpur three, Faridkot and Jalandhar two each, and Tarn Taran, Gurdaspur and Kapurthala one each.

Among the fresh cases, five are foreign returnees. One of them is from Tarn Taran and two each from Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur. The two patients from Faridkot have no contact history.

In Kapurthala, a 50-year-old man from Bagria village of Bholath sub-division had died two days ago. He was paralytic and was taken to a private hospital in Jalandhar following some complications. He was shifted to the civil hospital where he passed away. His test report for Covid came positive today. His two sons, staff from the health and revenue departments performed the last rites. His six family members have been quarantined and will be tested.

In a positive development, 181 patients were cured and discharged from government quarantine facilities. The maximum 61 patients were discharged in Tarn Taran district, followed by 36 in Fatehgarh Sahib, 26 Sangrur, 24 in Ropar and 17 in Jalandhar. The total number of cured patients has reached 1,547 in the state.

As per the Health Department, samples of 52,955 suspected cases have been sent for testing so far. Of these, 48,813 were found negative and reports of 2,162 were awaited.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today asked the civil and police administrations to maintain high alert, cautioning them that containing the danger of spurt in cases amid the relaxed lockdown would be the "real test".

He directed all departments to ensure close monitoring, coordination and strict adherence to all anti-Covid advisories.

He asked the police to be tough in ensuring social distancing and other necessary protocols and to fine those stepping out without masks.

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