COVID-19 pandemic

Covid count jumps to 37 in Mohali district

Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 9

With the surfacing of one more Covid positive case at Jawaharpur village in the Dera Bassi block of Mohali district today, the count of patients rose to 22 in the village and 37 in the district.

The 64-year-old father of a panch of the village has tested positive and admitted to an isolation ward at Gian Sagar Hospital in Banur.

The village reported its first case on April 4 when a 42-year-old panch had tested positive for the virus. Since then, 21 more persons, 15 from of his extended family, have tested positive.

The health authorities had collected 118 samples from the village to check the community spread, and 10 tested positive yesterday. Four of them are from the panch’s family. As many as 80 samples were negative and the result of 69 is awaited.

Meanwhile, the health department took 42 fresh samples from the village today.

After the village became the new disease hotspot, the district administration sealed Jawaharpur along with other villages, including Devigarh and Mehmudpur, deploying 75 cops with three PCR vehicles to ensure no movement of people there.

Deputy Commissioner Girish Dayalan said none of the 22 patients had travel history. He said most of them were asymptomatic and detected only though testing. The DC added that some Tablighi Jamaat members had stayed in the village, but left before anyone could get information about them.

Dayalan said the panch came in contact with his factory workers, who had met the Tablighi Jamaat members, which led to the spread of the virus.

He said so far, they had traced 142 contacts of the 37 positive patients in Mohali district, which would help in containing the spread of the virus. All 22 patients are admitted to isolation ward of the Gian Sagar Hospital in Banur.

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