Covid-19: Caseload up by 1,492, 51 more succumb - ECAS Punjab

Covid-19: Caseload up by 1,492, 51 more succumb

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17

In the highest single-day spike, Punjab reported 1,492 Covid cases along with 51 deaths in the past 24 hours.

Jalandhar was the worst-affected district with 298 cases, followed by Ludhiana (220), Ferozepur and Bathinda (153 each), Patiala (130), Moga (91), SAS Nagar (65), Ropar (55), and Amritsar (50).

Ludhiana reported the maximum 14 deaths, followed by Patiala (6), Jalandhar (5), Bathinda, Fatehgarh Sahib, Ferozepur and Tarn Taran (3 each), Amritsar, SBS Nagar and Sangrur (2 each), while one death each was reported in Barnala, Faridkot, Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala, Moga, SAS Nagar and Pathankot.

At least 28 more prisoners tested Covid-positive in the Barnala jail where 32 had tested positive last week. "We have done 100 per cent sampling of all prisoners and jail staff and put them under quarantine. The jail authorities are shifting the positive prisoners to Moga for isolation," said Barnala Civil Surgeon Dr GB Singh.

In Ludhiana, those who tested positive today included 34 from the flu corner, 70 contacts of positive people, 29 OPD patients, 18 healthcare workers, 18 undertrials, four pregnant women and five pre-operative cases, while tracing of 47 was under way.

Today's positive cases also include Dakha MLA Manpreet Singh Ayali. He was having mild symptoms for the past few days and got himself tested. He has home-isolated himself.

from The Tribune

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