Tribune News Service
Amritsar, April 18
In the largest single-day spike since the outbreak of Covid-19, the district reported 742 positive cases on Sunday. With this, the tally of infections has increased to 27,023.
The district reported 11 more casualties in the last 24 hours, with which the toll reached 819. The fresh cases reported on Sunday included 596 influenza-like illness cases and 146 contacts of positive patients. The deceased have been identified as Paramjit Singh (75) of Mahilanwala village, Narinder Kaur (73) of Inderpuri (Kot Khalsa), Pyara Singh (75) of New Partap Nagar, Seema (53) of New Amritsar, Amrik Singh (63) of New Azad Nagar, Parminder Singh (69) of Medical Enclave, Harbhajan Kaur (80) of Mahilanwala village, Kuldeep Kaur (55) of Maqboolpura, Milkha Singh (68) of New Amritsar, Anayat (65) of Jassarwal village and Joginder Singh (60) of Baserke Gillan village.
District health officials also reported the recovery of 305 patients with which the recovery count increased to 22,039. At present, the district has a total of 4,165 active cases.
It was in September last year that the district had reported highest number of 400 cases in a single day. The number of positive cases and casualties due to the disease has seen a sudden spurt since the second fortnight of March.
In this month, the district reported 6,013 positive cases and 143 deaths. Even in September last year, when Covid was at its peak, the district reported 5,939 positive cases and 203 deaths. The increase in infections has worried health officials and residents. The number of cases and casualties started declining towards the end of September and rising in the middle of March.
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