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First Covid-19 death in tricity

65-year-old Nayagaon man dies at PGI; 31 contacts home-quarantined

First Covid-19 death in tricity

Residents look out of their house during the complete lockdown in the wake of the Covid-19 in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 31

Nayagaon resident Om Prakash (65), who was found Covid positive and was undergoing treatment at the PGI, died today. He is the first patient in the district as well as the tricity to have died of Covid-19.

The Health Department has placed all 31 contacts under home quarantine. Besides, 18 contacts, all residents of Mohali, of a resident of Sector 30-B, Chandigarh, who was found Covid positive on Monday, have also been put under home quarantine. If found symptomatic, tests would be conducted at government facilities and the protocol of the Health Department for the management of such persons would be followed.

Deputy Commissioner Girish Dayalan said the emphasis of the district administration was on containing the disease, breaking the chain of transmission and thus preventing its spread to new areas.

Dayalan said under the regulations framed under the Epidemic Disease Act, 1897, persons who were bona fide residents of Punjab and were travelling from other states to Punjab, would be screened and, if found asymptomatic, they would be placed under home quarantine for 14 days along with persons staying in the house where such a person is to be quarantined.

The DC urged people to stay indoors, follow social distancing guidelines and not pay heed to rumours. He asked people to visit the Facebook page of the Mohali administration for authentic information.


Cremated in Balongi

The 65-year-old Nayagaon resident, who died of Covid-19, was cremated at an electric crematorium in Balongi, Mohali. The PGI had coordinated with the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme, Punjab, for the purpose. The body, along with an attendant, was sent to Balongi in a funeral van after packing it as per the Government of India guidelines.

MC employees contribute Rs50 lakh

Chandigarh: The local Municipal Corporation staff today donated Rs 50 lakh to the “Chandigarh Fights Corona Fund” collected by way of donation of one-day salary of all regular employees of the civic body. “We are trying to make a difference. Let’s fight Covid together. In these trying times, everybody should contribute in whatever way possible. All MC employees have resolved to help fight it,” said Mayor Raja Bala Malik. Malik, along with MC Commissioner KK Yadav, met UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore to hand over the cheque to him. Meanwhile, councillor Shakti Prakash Devshali and Industrial Area police station SHO Jasbir Singh distributed packed lunch packets to the needy in Colony No. 4

2-month extension for Home Guards, police personnel

The UT Administration has extended the services of police personnel and Home Guards volunteers who were set to retire on March 31. A two-month extension has been given to all of them till May 31. These employees will not be eligible for promotion or any perks during the extension period. As many as 45 cops, including 36 inspectors, nine sub-inspectors and an SP, were given extension.

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