Tribune News Service
Amritsar, April 22
With 10 more deaths due to Covid-19 in the last 24-hours, the toll increased to 857 in the district. The health authorities also reported 462 new cases, with which the count increased to 28,489 on Thursday.
The deceased have been identified Gurmej Singh (30), a resident of Bhindi Saidan village; Gurmeet Kaur (70) of Khairewala Chak village; Asha (53) of Gilwali gate area; Kamala Rani (62) of Sultanwind Road; Kiran (62) of Chhehharta; Sukhwant Kaur (56) of Baba Deen Dyal Colony (Verka); Savinder Kaur (60) of New Amritsar; Kulwant Kaur (68) of Muchhal village; Sandeep Kumar (50) of BR Mohan School area and Harbhajan Singh (53) of Hundhpura.
The new cases include 342 influenza-like illness cases and 120 contacts of positive patients. With the recovery of 295 patients, the recovery count has increased to 23,249.
Vaccination drive: stock arrives
Amritsar: At a time when the shortage of Covid-19 injections had started affecting the ongoing vaccination drive, the district Health Department has received 24,000 doses from the state government. A team of the department had received the injections in Chandigarh on Thursday. “The state had received around 4 lakh doses from the Centre. The districts are given their share of injections on the basis of their case load and vaccine usage,” said Dr Sukhpal Singh, district immunisation officer. Dr Singh said the state government has assured them regular supply in future and people need not panic. “There is enough vaccine for everyone and government is committed for the same,” he said adding that ample arrangements for safe keeping of the vaccines have been made at the Civil Surgeon’s office. In the ongoing vaccination drive, the health department has given first dose of vaccine to 2,02,271 persons while 33,978 have been completely vaccinated till date. Apart from 23,232 HCWs and 28,750 FLWs, a total of 1,50,279 residents above 45 years of age have been partially vaccinated. Further, 10,607 HCWs, 9,929 FLWs and 13,442 residents above 45 years have been completely vaccinated. With general public reporting shortage of vaccines mostly at private facilities, the number of persons vaccinated daily had gone down in the past two days. On Thursday, the district had reported vaccination of 1,347 persons only. These included 18 HCWs, 121 FLWs, 782 residents above 45 years who received first dose and 106 HCWs, 53 FLWs and 307 residents above 45 years who received second dose. TNS
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