Covid-19: Punjab sees 43 deaths, SAS Nagar worst hit - ECAS Punjab

Covid-19: Punjab sees 43 deaths, SAS Nagar worst hit

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 24

The state reported 1,516 cases and 43 deaths in the last 24 hours.

The total count of Covid-19 cases has reached 43,284. The total number of casualties has reached 1,129.

SAS Nagar remained the worst-affected district with 251 cases, followed by Jalandhar (184), Gurdaspur (142), Patiala (140), Bathinda (125), Amritsar (108), Ludhiana (72) and Muktsar (60).

Apart from that, at present 414 patients are on oxygen support and 51 are critical and are on ventilator support. Ludhiana reported the most number of 11 deaths, followed by SAS Nagar (8), Jalandhar (6), Gurdaspur (4), Kapurthala, Patiala and Mansa (3 each), Amritsar, Fatehgarh Sahib, Fazilka, SBS Nagar and Sangrur (1 each).

Meanwhile, the Punjab Government has issued new guidelines regarding medical fitness for home isolation of asymptomatic/mild symptomatic patients and patients aged more than 60 or with co-morbid conditions and pregnant women. All such patients will be given the opportunity to give an undertaking at the time of sampling regarding the availability of home isolation facility at their residence in case they turn out Covid-positive. These guidelines will also be applicable for asymptomatic/mild symptomatic patients.

In a statement, Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu said instructions had been issued to all deputy commissioners and civil surgeons in this regard. He said the doctor available at the time of sampling would assess all such persons for clinical fitness for home isolation. In case patients test positive, they would continue to remain in home isolation as per protocol. He clarified that there was no need to bring them to the hospital provided they remained asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic.

Sidhu added that it was compulsory that they procured the kit which should contain a thermometer, a pulse oximeter, vitamin C and zinc tablets and regularly monitor themselves for any symptoms and report immediately to the Health Department if the symptoms appeared or worsened. The minister said private health institutions were also directed to follow the same protocol. If any home isolated patient required any medical assistance, they must call at 104 or district helpline number. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh condoled the demise of photojournalist Jai Deep, who passed away at the age of 28, due to Covid-19 in Patiala.

from The Tribune

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