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Minister, Deputy Speaker among 1,165 test +ve

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 16

In the steepest ever single-day spike, 1,165 Covid cases, including that of a Cabinet Minister and the Deputy Speaker of Vidhan Sabha, were reported in Punjab on Sunday. Besides, 41 deaths were also reported.

Deputy Speaker-cum-Malout MLA Ajaib Singh Bhatti was tested Covid positive. His personal assistant said the MLA complained of high blood pressure and was taken to Civil Hospital, Bathinda. "He is now being taken to the PGIMER, Chandigarh," he said. Notably, Bhatti had hoisted the national flag on Independence Day in Faridkot.

Revenue Minister Gurpreet Singh Kangar was found positive hours after hoisting the Tricolour and inaugurating a few projects in Mansa. The minister got his test done on Saturday evening and has been in home isolation at Kangar village in Mansa district since.

The news of the minister testing positive led to panic among district officials who came in contact with him during the Independence Day function. Some administration officials and political leaders were reportedly getting themselves tested.

As far as the worst-affected districts are concerned, Ludhiana remained on the top with 315 cases, followed by Jalandhar (187) , Ferozepur (96), SAS Nagar (91), Gurdaspur (74) and Moga (64). Ludhiana also reported the maximum 14 deaths, followed by Patiala (7), Jalandhar (4), Sangrur (3), Ferozepur (2), and Barnala, Fatehgarh Sahib, Fazilka, Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala, Moga and SAS Nagar (1 each).

Meanwhile, Health and Family Welfare Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu said just as Punjabis had won the war of Independence, the war against Covid would be won with the same courage under 'Mission Fateh'. "In order to contribute our bit to the war, we need to follow social distancing and wear masks," he said, while delivering his message here after hoisting the national flag at Raja Bhalindra Singh Sports Complex, Polo Ground, Patiala.

from The Tribune

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