Spike in fatality rate has health officials worried - ECAS Punjab

Spike in fatality rate has health officials worried

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Vishav Bharti

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 27

On an average, 30 persons succumbed to Covid everyday in Punjab last month. This has led to a rise in the death rate in the state which is a new worry among health officials.

In the first 27 days of August, 870 people lost their lives due to the virus. The number was almost three times than the total deaths reported in five months between March and July.

At present, the death rate in the state is 2.64 per cent. It is much higher than the national average and the fatality rate of neighbouring states.

The national casualty rate after total cases is 1.86 per hundred cases as the country has reported 32.49 lakh cases and over 60,000 deaths. Haryana has also done better in terms of death rate as compared to Punjab. Haryana has reported 58,000 confirmed cases and of them, 634 people lost lives to the disease. Haryana's death rate is 1.09 per hundred cases. Similarly, in Himachal Pradesh, the death rate is even lower than Haryana, with 30 deaths after 5,231 confirmed cases. Hence, it comes down to 0.57 per 100 cases.

According to experts, it was expected that with an increase in the testing capacity, the death rate in the state may come down. But despite the fact that the state is conducting over 20,000 tests per day, the death rate is increasing. The sudden spike in the cases in August has changed the situation. Meanwhile, with 1,746 new cases, the state count has reached 47,836. With 37 more deaths, the total number of casualties has reached 1,256. At present, there are 15,608 active cases while 30,972 people have recovered so far.

Among the worst-affected districts, Ludhiana topped the list with 350 cases, followed by Gurdaspur (210), Patiala (188), Jalandhar (186), SAS Nagar (178), Bathinda (127) and Hoshiarpur (94). At present, 425 patients are on oxygen support and 49 are on ventilator support.

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