38 Covid deaths set alarm bells ringing

17 die in Mohali, 14 in Chandigarh and seven in Panchkula

38 Covid deaths set alarm bells ringing

Health workers collect a sample for the Covid test at the Civil Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula. on Wednesday. PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR

Tribune News Service
Mohali, May 5

As many as 38 persons succumbed to Covid-19 in the UT and Mohali and Panchkula districts today, setting alarm bells ringing with cases continuing to mount even as the health authorities are already overstretched to accommodate new patients.

Mohali district today registered 17 deaths due to Covid-19, the highest since the start of the pandemic. The number of new positive cases (1,056) is also the highest so far. As many as 1,002 patients were cured of the disease in the past 24 hours.

UT sees 817 fresh cases

Chandigarh: The city recorded 817 Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the number of active cases to 8,363. With 14 more deaths, the toll has reached 532. The total number of cases in the UT has reached 46,793. A total of 610  patients were cured of the disease. TNS

Among the new cases, 362 were reported from Mohali (urban), 270 from Dhakoli, 128 from Dera Bassi, 125 from Kharar, 84 from Gharuan, 36 from Boothgarh, 26 from Kurali, 17 from Banur and eight from Lalru. So far, the district has reported 50,988 cases and 41,636 recoveries. The active cases in the district are 8,701. With 17 deaths today, the toll has reached 651in the district.

At 654, Panchkula sees new high

Panchkula: The district on Wednesday reported 654 fresh cases of coronavirus, the highest in a single day since the pandemic broke out. The district also witnessed seven deaths due to Covid. Two of the deceased had no comorbidities. While the active caseload has reached 2,597, the toll now stands at 234. Of the 23,175 cases reported so far, 20,344 patients have recovered from the infectious disease. TNS

Free taxi service for senior citizens

The traffic police has arranged free taxi service for senior citizens going for vaccination. They will be taken their home to the vaccination site and dropped back home. The service can be availed from 10 am to 2 pm (Monday to Friday) by booking a slot on the helpline number 9115516010.

32 containment zones

The district administration has made 32 containment/micro-containment zones in the four blocks — Boothgarh, Gharuan, Mohali and Dera Bassi — of the district. As many as 36 fresh cases of Covid were reported from Skynet Enclave, Zirakpur, today. The total number of cases from the housing society increased to 47 following which it was declared a containment zone. The Civil Surgeon would periodically check the affected persons in the area and act as per the advisory issued by the Health Department.

Liquor vends, hardware shops exempted

Retail and wholesale liquor vends, but not taverns, and shops selling industrial materials, hardware items, tools, motors and pipes are also allowed to open till 5 pm, except during the weekend curfew (from 6 pm on Friday to 5 am on Monday). The administration order stated that movement of persons on foot/bicycle for the permissible purposes shall be allowed. In case of motorised traffic, valid identity cards may be used or e-pass be taken in advance (https://pass.pais.net.in) and displayed on the vehicle.

Free isolation centre in Zirakpur

Dera Bassi MLA NK Sharma today inaugurated a 100-bed free isolation centre at ‘Sharma Farm’ in Zirakpur today. It would provide free ration, medicines and medical treatment to the patients.

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