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IG down with Covid, tally up by 468 in Punjab

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Tribune News Service

Faridkot/Chandigarh, July 25

Kaustubh Sharma, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Faridkot, was hospitalised on Saturday after he was tested positive for Covid-19.

It is feared that Sharma contracted the virus following a closed-door meeting, which was attended by many persons. The Health Department is taking the samples of all staff members of the IG office. All those persons, particularly police officers who had come into close contact with Sharma in the past few days, will be tested for the virus.

On Saturday, an employee of the Central Jail, Faridkot, was also tested positive, which created a panic among other jail staff members and over 2,000 inmates.

The Faridkot Deputy Commissioner has already been placed under quarantine after his mother was tested positive last week.

Meanwhile, the state recorded highest single-day toll as 12 people succumbed to Covid-19 in the past 24 hours. With 468 fresh cases, the total number of cases has reached 12,684.

Of the 12 deaths, seven were reported from Ludhiana, one each from Jalandhar, Ferozepur, Barnala, Amritsar and Ropar. The death toll has reached 294.

With seven more deaths, the toll in Ludhiana district has climbed to 57. The tally of Covid-19 cases in the district now stands at 2,439. Among the dead were a 66-year-old woman from New Subhash Nagar, an 80-year-old from Jamalpur, a 58-year-old from Basant Avenue, a 26-year-old from Jawaddi, a 47-year-old from Model Town, a 59-year-old woman from Kidwai Nagar and a 69-year-old from Model Town. All patients had co-morbities. The worst-affected districts are Ludhiana (155 fresh cases), Amritsar (55), Patiala (40), Sangrur (38), SAS Nagar (32), Jalandhar (29), Bathinda and Barnala (18 each).

In Amritsar, a 49-year-old woman died on Saturday. The toll due to Covid-19 in the district has increased to 66. The deceased identified as Paramjit Kaur, a resident of A-block Ranjit Avenue, was admitted to a private hospital. The Health Department also reported 55 new positive cases, including seven from the Central Jail.

Staff being tested

The Health Department is taking samples of all staff members at the office of IG Kaustubh Sharma.



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