32 Barnala jail inmates among 1,020 new cases in Punjab - ECAS Punjab

32 Barnala jail inmates among 1,020 new cases in Punjab

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 12

The state on Wednesday witnessed a record 39 fatalities due to Covid-19, pushing the death toll to 675, while 1,020 fresh cases took the state's infection count to 26,909.

Thirteen fatalities were reported in Ludhiana, six in Hoshiarpur, four in Patiala, three each in Amritsar and Jalandhar, two each in Mohali, Gurdaspur and Pathankot and one each in Barnala, Bathinda, Fatehgarh Sahib and Sangrur.

Indicating another alarming situation, 32 prisoners from a Barnala jail were testive positive today.

Civil Surgeon Dr GB Singh said all 32 prisoners were lodged in the same barrack. He said the Health Department was trying to ascertain the source of infection.

"The jail authorities are shifting the infected prisoners to Moga. We are conducting contact tracing of all of them," he said.

Ludhiana topped the districts with 229 cases, followed by Jalandhar (130), SAS Nagar (104), Amritsar (85), Patiala (70), Barnala (62) and Gurdaspur (39).

At present 142 patients are on oxygen support and 18 are on ventilator support.

A total of 422 Covid patients were discharged after recovering from the infection. So far, 17,212 people have recovered from the disease.

There are 9,022 active cases in the state as of now, according to the Health Department officials.

A total of 7,11,260 samples have been taken for testing so far in the state, they said.

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