3 new coronavirus cases in Chandigarh takes UT's tally to 200

2 more report coronavirus positive in Bapu Dham Colony; third case from Dhanas

3 new coronavirus cases in Chandigarh takes UT's tally to 200

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Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, May 19

Chandigarh reported three new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, taking the city's count to 200. 

Two cases were reported from Bapu Dham Colony---a hotspot in the city---and the third was from Dhanas.

A 28-year-old man and a 55-year-old woman from the same family tested positive in Bapu Dham colony. They were both contacts of an already diagnosed COVID-19 case.

The third case was a 34-year-old man who had returned from Delhi recently. He tested positive at Government Medical College and Hospital in Sector 32.

This is the third case from Dhanas.

Bapu Dham colony alone accounts for 65 per cent of the cases in the union territory. 

Of the city's 200 coronavirus cases so far, 143 are active.  

The development also comes a day after UT administration issued new guidelines to ease some lockdown restrictions in the city. The UT guidelines, which was on the lines of the MHA guidelines that came the day before, said Chandigarh was still in the red zone but eased restrictions on public transport, except for containment areas, and allowed markets to be kept open. E-commerce of non-essential items have also been allowed after two months.

(READ Chandigarh markets to buzz again, Sector 17 Plaza too)  

Public congregation is still prohibited, however, and curfew restrictions continue to to be imposed from 7 pm to 7 am. Malls, multiplexes, and swimming polls will continue to remain closed, as will dine-in facilities at restaurants, although the guidelines have now allowed take outs. 

In containment zones like Bapu Dham colonies, however, only essential services are allowed.

The new guidelines offer considerable easing of strict lockdown restrictions that had been in force in the city since March 25.


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