Punjab saw 34 deaths a day in August - ECAS Punjab

Punjab saw 34 deaths a day in August

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Vishav Bharti

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 3

August proved to be a fatal month for the state as the number of Covid-19 deaths reported were over three times higher than the fatalities reported between March and July.

The first case was reported in the state on March 8 and 10 days later, on March 18, the first casualty due to Covid took place. Since then, 1,690 deaths have been reported due to the virus. But August proved to be the worst month as around 1,100 people succumbed to the virus.

As per the data compiled by the state's Covid cell, between March 19 and July 31, just 386 deaths were reported. However, 1,067 persons died due to it in August (34 persons a day). In the month-wise breakup, March witnessed four deaths, in April the number rose to 16, while in May there were 25 deaths. However, the number started swelling after June, when 99 deaths took place. In July, the number was 242 and in August there were 1,067 deaths.

Even in terms of cases, over 36,000 cases were reported in August, which is more than double the cases reported between March and July combined. At present, the death rate in the state is 2.39 after 100 confirmed cases. It is much higher than the national average as well as that of the neighbouring states.

Meanwhile, 1,527 fresh cases and 73 deaths were reported on Thursday. With these, the total toll has reached 1,690 and the number of cases has peaked to 58,515.

As far as the deaths are concerned, Ludhiana reported 18, followed by Kapurthala 10, Jalandhar seven, Patiala, Ferozepur and Moga five each, Amritsar four, Ropar three, Faridkot, Fatehgarh Sahib, Fazilka, Gurdaspur, Sangrur and Hoshiarpur two each, Bathinda, Fazilka, SBS Nagar, SAS Nagar and Tarn Taran one each.


Infected Doctors cry apathy

Faridkot: Doctors who have tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday objected to the "apathetic attitude" of the authorities as they were not served food in the Covid ward at Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital. In a Facebook post, a doctor alleged that on Thursday, 12 of her colleagues got infected by the virus while performing duty in the isolation ward. All were admitted to the hospital. The doctor said, "On Wednesday night, they received the dinner in almost empty plates. And on Thursday, no breakfast was given till 11 am." TNS



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