Amritsar worst affected, count breaches 500-mark - ECAS Punjab

Amritsar worst affected, count breaches 500-mark

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 9

With 56 fresh Covid cases coming to the fore on Tuesday, the total number of patients in the state has risen to 2,719.

As per the media bulletin, 20 cases were reported from Amritsar, 15 from Ludhiana, five each from SAS Nagar, Sangrur and Jalandhar, three from Pathankot, one each from Patiala, Tarn Taran and Ropar.

The count of Covid-19 cases in Amritsar has increased to 502. A Dubai-returned male and nine contacts of five earlier cases apart from 10 with influenza-like illness are among the new cases.

With the exception of returnees from Hazur Sahib in Nanded, the maximum positive cases were reported from Amritsar so far. The district at present has the highest number of 135 active Covid-19 cases and registered maximum deaths (11).

In Ludhiana, among the new patients are two foreign returnees and a 42-year-old woman and her 13-year-old daughter from Chowni Mohalla. A 32-year-old man from Islamganj, the driver of a previously positive patient with travel history to Rajasthan, has also tested positive.

A 48-year-old-man from Vishwkarma colony, Tajpur, who had come in contact with a positive patient, also tested positive. A 57-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman doctor from Khanna along with her two domestic help workers are the other patients.

Of five patients from Sangrur, two are admitted to a Ludhiana hospital. One has travel history to Kuwait and another had travelted to Kolkata.

Narrow holy city lanes pose challenge

Amritsar: Cabinet Minister OP Soni on Tuesday visited various localities in the walled city and found that government guidelines for Covid prevention were not being followed properly. He appealed to city residents to abide by the norms, while also acknowledging that lanes, most of which are less than 6-ft wide, made social distancing difficult. He said dense population and narrow lanes made it an uphill task to follow social distancing in the walled city areas. He also held a meeting with officials of the district administration, Municipal Corporation, Health Department and others to tackle the situation emerging out of Covid. Acting on the recommendations of the Health Department, the district administration declared six localities in the walled city containment zones. Prof Balvinder Singh, conservation spatial planner and former head of the Guru Ramdas School of Planning, Guru Nanak Dev University, said residents needed to be more careful in the walled city due to its labyrinth street pattern. Neeraj Bagga

from The Tribune

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