Covid claims three more lives; 53 infections in Amritsar

Toll touches 101; tally climbs to 2,574 while 1,959 recover

Covid claims three more lives; 53 infections in Amritsar

Health workers handle swab samples in Amritsar on Wednesday. Photo: Sunil Kumar

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, August 12

With the health authorities reporting three more deaths due to the Covid-19 disease on Wednesday, the toll has reached 101 in the district. Besides, the district also reported 53 new positive cases, taking the total count of positive cases to 2,574.

The deceased have been identified as 64-year-old Asha Rani, a resident of Bhola Singh Colony, 48-year-old Ajit Singh, a resident of Chakki Wali Gali and 70-year-old Tasveer Singh, a resident of Holy City (Chabal Road). The three patients were admitted to Government Medical College.

Of the new positive cases, 26 are patients with influenza-like illness (ILI) cases and 27 are contacts of positive patients. As far as the ILI cases are concerned, one each case was reported from Race Course Road, Akash Enclave, Bharat Nagar, Ram Nagar (Sultanwind Road), Guru Amardas Avenue, Basant Avenue, Kot Baba Deep Singh, Nirankari Colony, Kabir Park, Batala Road, Friends Avenue (Airport Road), Baba Bakala, Tungbala, 100-Ft Road, Shareefpura, Katra Bagghian, Adarsh Nagar, NRI Colony, Prem Nagar, Nawa Kot, Holy City (Bypass Road) and two from Batala Road.

Of the contact cases, four cases each from Friends Colony (Majitha Road) and Pyramid City, three cases each from Guru Nagar (Verka), Ram Nagar (Sultanwind Road) and the Gharinda police station, two cases each from Gokul Vihar, New Amritsar, B-Block Ranjit Avenue and Guru Amardas Avenue, and one case each from Military Hospital and Cooperative Hospital.

At present, the district has a total of 514 active cases. With 19 more patients recovered in the last 24 hours, the total count of recoveries in the district has increased to 1,959.

Meanwhile, the district administration has appealed to shopkeepers to get tested for the virus. Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Singh Khaira said all those persons who had to pass through crowds of people should get tested for the Covid-19 disease. He said it was important as it could contain the disease. He appealed to the traders’ organisation to motivate traders associated with them to get tested for the virus.

Canal Complex offices closed after 3 officials test positive

  • All the offices in the Canal Complex have been closed till August 14 after three officials tested positive for the Covid-19 disease. Issuing this order, Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Singh Khaira said the employees of all offices on the premises would work from their homes and keep their mobile phones switched on so that the functioning is not affected. He urged all the employees to stay home.
  • Commissioner of Police Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill said the police department would be available for all necessary help in areas notified as micro containment and containment zones. He said the support of general public was crucial to fight the deadly virus and for that people must take all necessary precautions.

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