7 succumb to virus in Amritsar district, 471 test positive in last 24 hrs

7 succumb to virus in Amritsar district, 471 test positive in last 24 hrs

A health worker collects a swab from a patient at the Civil Hospital in Amritsar on Wednesday. Photo: Sunil Kumar

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, January 19

In a worrisome development, the district reported seven deaths due to Covid-19 on Wednesday. With this, the toll due to the disease has increased to 1,615. The district health authorities have also reported 471 positive cases in the last 24 hours.

The deceased have been identified as Avtar Singh, an 80-year-old resident of Green Avenue; Jaswnt Singh (72) of Green Valley, Batala Road; Kundan Singh (60) of Lopoke village; Manjit Kaur (48) of Bahadur Nagar, Sultanwind Road; Satpal Singh (62) of Nehru Colony, Majitha Road; Sewa Singh (80) of Chappa Ram Singh village and Rajeev Kumar (32) of Kot Khalsa.

The cases reported on Wednesday include 423 new cases and 48 contacts of positive patients. The health authorities have also reported recovery of 480 cases, with which the total recovery count increased to 48,300. The district at present has a total of 4,129 active cases.

Meanwhile, the Health Department has stepped up vigilance to identify suspected patients. For the purpose, Covid-testing centres have been set up at the entrances of Government Medical College, where all visitors, including patients and their attendants, would be tested.

The health authorities said as a large number of sick people were reporting at hospitals, it was required that visitors are tested and suspected cases isolated from others to check the chances of the spread of the virus.

As the situation is turning bad with each passing day, shopping malls in the city have also stopped the entry of those who have not been vaccinated. Visitors are required to show the vaccination certificate at the entrance to gain entry. The district administration officials said the situation was being keenly watched and residents were required to take ample precautions.

118 positive in Tarn Taran

As many as 118 persons tested positive for Covid-19 in the district on Wednesday, taking the tally of active cases to 824. The Health Department authorities said the department was yet to receive the report of 727 samples from laboratories. As many as 383 citizens have succumbed to the virus in the district so far. — OC

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