10 deaths, 532 fresh cases reported in Amritsar district

Aujla announces Rs50 lakh for setting up oxygen plant at GMC

10 deaths, 532 fresh cases reported in Amritsar district

MP Gurjit Singh Aujla interacts with paramedics on Thursday.

Tribune News Service

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, May 13

With 10 more Covid-19 related deaths reported in the district on Thursday, the toll increased to 1,168. The health authorities also reported 532 new cases. With this, the total count has increased to 39,269.

The new cases include 337 influenza like illness cases and 195 contacts of positive patients. The district reported recovery of 410 patients and the recovery count has reached 31,956. At present, the district has a total of 6,145 active cases.

The deceased have been identified as Paramjit Kaur (61), a resident of Bhalla Colony (Chhehharta); Kuldeep Rai (75) of Greenfield (Majitha road); Amarjit Kaur (65) of Nehru Colony (Majitha road); Chandee Hanta (75) of Gurbax Nagar (Nwakot); Kanta Jaswal (65) of Batala road; Raju Singh (51) of Tangra; Manjit Kaur (60) of Sham Nagar; Ravi Chandar (59) of Gali Krishna Chowk; Rinku (38) of Near Guru Ramdas Mandir and Harbhans Lal (88) of Rani Ka Bagh.

Meanwhile, Lok Sabha MP Gurjit Singh Aujla announced Rs 50 lakh for setting up of a new oxygen plant at the Government Medical College. He said remaining Rs 50 lakh would be contributed by philanthropist SPS Oberoi of the Sarbat Da Bhalla. Aujla accused the Centre of discrimination in allocation of resources, including oxygen required to tackle the pandemic. He said the plant would become operational by July.

The MP also held a meeting to review the Covid control programme. GMC principal Rajiv Devgan said, “We have around 300 patients, out of which 250 are Level-III category patients and require regular oxygen.” Civil surgeon Dr Charanjit Singh said around 8,000 samples were being tested daily. The Civil Surgeon also conducted an inspection at Civil hospital on Thursday and asked the medical staff to handle and dispose medical waste in a proper way. The employees were also instructed to ensure that all Covid safety guidelines are followed properly by them and the visitors.

In the ongoing vaccination drive, the health authorities inoculated 4,415 residents on Thursday. The vaccination for 18-44 age group has also picked up pace as 441 workers registered with the Labour Department were administerd the shots today. A total of 556 residents in this category have been vaccinated to date.

Four deaths, 79 test positive in Tarn Taran

The health authorities reported four deaths in Tarn Taran district on Thursday. With this, the toll reached 254. The deceased include Bakhshish Singh (54), Gian Kaur (36), Sawinder Singh (54) and Kirandeep Kaur (40).

The authorities reported 79 fresh cases and the tally increased to 846. DC Kulwant Singh said 1,641 persons were administered the dose today and 1,10,863 persons have been vaccinated so far.

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