Virus spread accelerates, 4K cases, 135 deaths in 19 days

224 fresh cases take dist tally to 8,041

Virus spread accelerates, 4K cases, 135 deaths in 19 days

Fighting Covid crisis Health workers collect swabs in Amritsar on Saturday. Photo. Sunil kumar

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, September 19

The district health authorities reported 11 deaths from Covid-19 on Saturday, taking the toll to 300. With 224 new cases, the case count reached 8,041. With 152 getting discharge from various hospitals on Saturday, the number of recoveries has reached 5,930.

The continuous rise in cases indicates community spread of Covid, as since the outbreak of the disease, the highest number of cases (3,999) and deaths (135) has been reported in the ongoing month.

Those who succumbed to the virus on Saturday included Vasudev Paul (44) of Sandhu Colony, Anil Kapoor (61) of the Meharpura locality in the Nawankot area, Manjit Kaur (60) of Bhalla Colony, Harjinder Singh (45) of the Jawahar Nagar area on Mehta Road, Seema Bhalla (63) of Golabar Gali, Surinder Kumar (59) of Gali Sodian Wali, Rooplal Mehra (71) of Gali No. 4 in the Bhagtanwala area, Narayan Dev (75) of Katra Bhagian and Sewa Singh Sandhu (76). All deceased had comorbidities.

Besides, two unknown persons, aged between 50 years and 60 years, tested positive posthumously. Of the 224 fresh positive cases reported on Friday, 130 were persons suffering from influenza-like illness (ILI) and 94 were contacts of Covid cases.

Dr Madan Mohan, Nodal Officer for Covid, said there were 1,811 active cases in the district. He called upon people to follow the Covid-19 norms to achieve the objective of bringing down the graph of active cases. He cautioned that delay in getting tests done despite showing symptoms of the disease would prove to be a fatal mistake.

He said the government would keep the identity of patients secret and allow them to isolate themselves in their home.

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