In Gurdaspur, active cases down to just 21 - ECAS Punjab

In Gurdaspur, active cases down to just 21

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Ravi Dhaliwal

Tribune News Service

Gurdaspur, July 23

Gurdaspur district has managed to keep the Covid R-naught (R-0) number — the rate at which the infection either increases or decreases — at less than the state’s average of three, which means it has virtually stopped the spread of infection.

“R-naught is also called the basic reproduction number. It represents the number of new infections estimated to stem from a single case. In other words, if R-naught is 3, then one person with the disease is expected to infect three others. An R-naught below 1, as is the case in this district, means the number of cases is shrinking. An R-naught above 1 indicates that the number of cases is growing,” District Epidemiologist Prabhjot Kaur Kalsi said.

Only those are catching the infection who have been in touch with people from outside the district.

This development was confirmed by Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Ishfaq and Civil Surgeon Dr Kishan Chand. Dr Chand confirmed that the number of active cases had gone down from 48 to 21 in 10 days.

“R-naught is calculated from innate features of a disease, like how easily it jumps from one person to the next, along with elements of human behaviour that shape how often people having co-morbidities will come into contact with positive cases,” said Dr Chand. Experts claim that in Gurdaspur, strict adherence to social distancing and stricter use of Section 188 of the IPC (disobeying government orders) have been the two main factors in keeping a check on the spread of the virus.

SSP Rajinder Singh Sohal said: “We declared the Police Lines as a temporary jail, where violators are being kept after being booked for not maintaining social distancing.” Even in Batala, a part of this district, the Police Lines have been declared a temporary prison.

Officials said a positive message was sent by the DC a few weeks ago when he publicly pulled up a bank manager for not sticking to rules. “After that incident, all commercial institutions, including banks, fell in line,” a banker said.

from The Tribune

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