Chandigarh continues to be in red zone; 6 more test positive for COVID-19

Total count in the Union Territory stands at 74

Chandigarh continues to be in red zone; 6 more test positive for COVID-19

All the cases were reported from Bapu Dham Colony in Sector 26. The colony is the most affected pocket in the city, accounting for nearly 27 of the city's cases.

Chandigarh, April 30

Six more persons have tested positive for Covid-19 in Chandigarh on Thursday, taking the total number of positive cases to 74 in the Union Territory.

Meanwhile, Chandigarh continues to figure in the new list of 130 red-zone districts of the nation released today. PTI

The fresh cases include a 10-year-old girl, 14-year-old boy, and an employee of Government College and Hospital (GMCH)-32, according to a medical bulletin.

A total of 1,147 samples have been tested so far and of them, as many as 1,022 came out negative, while reports of 50 samples are awaited, the bulletin said.

A total of 18 Covid-19 patients have been discharged from hospitals after recovery, it said.

Meanwhile, UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore laid stress on concentrating screening and testing of all persons and suspected cases in the pockets of Bapu Dham Colony and Sector 30-B, where there has been a spurt in Covid-19 cases.

He asked the Health Services director, G Dewan, to send medical teams for extensive screening and testing in these areas. Badnore said a large number of cases coming up were an indication of vigorous survey and testing.

He also advised hospitals, including the PGIMER, to gradually open up facilities for non-COVID-19 patients, a government release said. The authorities should also facilitate their transportation to-and-fro from the hospitals, he added.

Private clinics were also directed to open their facilities as per the guidelines of the Union Health Ministry, he said.

Badnore thanked the residents of Chandigarh for giving ideas regarding the exit plan after May 3. A final view would be taken keeping in view the directions received from the Central Government, he said. TNS/PTI

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