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Amritsar death toll hits 50

Becomes first district in the state to reach half-century mark; total count of cases reaches 1,060

Amritsar death toll hits 50

People queue up outside the swab sample laboratory at the Civil Hospital in Amritsar on Thursday. Tribune photo: Vishal kumar

Manmeet Singh Gill

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, July 9

With the death of a 55-year-old resident of Dilbagh Singh Nagar on the Tarn Taran road, the total number of casualties in the district from Covid-19 reached 50. Deceased Jaswant Singh was undergoing treatment at a private hospital here.

The district also reported 12 new cases on Thursday. Of them, 10 showed symptoms of influenza-like illness (ILI) and two were contacts of a Covid patient from Guru Ramdas Nagar.

Of 10 cases with ILI, one each has been reported from Dilbag Singh Nagar, Kot Atma Singh Nagar, Sandhu Avenue (Chehratta), Azad Nagar (Sultanwind Road), theb Ajnala Road area , Sahibjada Jujhar Singh Nagar, Baba Saheb Chowk and Sudarshan Nagar. Two ILI cases were reported from Saheed Udham Singh Nagar.

The count of Covid patients in the district reached 1,060 on Thursday. A total of 863 patients have recovered from the disease. The number of active cases in the district stood at 147 on Thursday. With 50 deaths, the district has a mortality rate of 4.71 per cent against state’s average rate of 2.6 per cent.

Sudden spike in deaths

A sudden increase in Covid-19 deaths in the district is being witnessed after the first week of June. Till June 9, the district had reported only 11 deaths. However in the last 30 days, 39 patients have succumbed to the disease.

Meanwhile, coaches and sportspersons from the district Health Department on Thursday conducted a door-to-door campaign to create awareness regarding Covid-19 among residents. The District Sports Officer, Gurlal Singh Riar, said the campaign was a part of Mission Fateh launched by the state government to fight the pandemic.

Eight new cases in Tarn Taran

Tarn Taran: Eight fresh Covid-19 cases were reported in the district on Thursday. Civil Surgeon Anoop Kumar said the Health Department received 217 reports, 208 of which returned negative for the disease.

One of the eight new cases was from the Tarn Taran town while the rest were inmates of the sub-jail in Patti. The Civil Surgeon said the patient from the town been sent to the Covid-19 care centre at Bhai Bhago Sheron and the jail inmates were being treated at the isolation ward of the local Civil Hospital.

The district had 18 active cases, five of them from other districts, on Thursday. Six persons had been placed in home quarantine, said the Civil Surgeon. — OC

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