COVID-19 pandemic

16 +ve cases in dist, count reaches 353

Biggest single-day spike

16 +ve cases in dist, count reaches 353

A health employee takes a swab sample of a woman, who had recently returned to city, in Amritsar on Wednesday. Sunil kumar

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, May 27

In the largest single-day spike, ever since the arrival of Nanded pilgrims, the district reported a whopping number of positive cases on Wednesday.

With 16 cases being reported on Wednesday, the count of positive cases in the district has reached 353.

Civil Surgeon Dr Jugal Kishore said the count of active cases admitted to the hospital at present was 46. The district has witnessed 301 recoveries and six deaths due to Covid-19 so far.

The new patients include eight contacts, family members and neighbours of a Vijay Nagar (Batala Road) patient, who had tested positive two days ago. Two passengers who had arrived on a domestic flight from Delhi on Monday have also tested positive.

Three more positive cases have also been reported from Rani Ka Bagh area, which had earlier reported a 45-year-old bakery owner as a positive case. It was a community spread case. Later, four family members of the bakery owner had also tested positive. With three more cases from the locality, including a compounder from the area, the number of total cases in Rani Ka Bagh has increased to eight.

Further two persons who had reported at Flu corner for ILI (influenza like illness) have also tested positive. One contact of Vimal Mehra, also a community spread case, who died due to Covid-19 a few days ago, also tested positive. The district health authorities said except for two ILI patients, all other positive cases reported on Wednesday have travel or contact history.

The reports of a large number of positive cases in Rani Ka Bagh and Vijay Nagar have panicked residents in these areas. The administration, too, has sealed the areas to contain the spread of the disease.

Of the total positive cases at present, around 260 were returnees from Hazur Sahib, Nanded. However, as they were quarantined immediately on arrival, not even a single case infected from them was reported. With the district presently reporting cases with no travel or contact history, residents are a worried lot.

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