Two more Chandigarh residents test +ve

PGI nursing officer, Mohali hospital doctor raise tally to 15

Two more Chandigarh residents test +ve

Naina Mishra

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 31

Two more Covid-19 cases were reported from the city today, taking the tally to 15.

A 32-year-old nursing officer at the emergency medicine ward of the PGIMER tested positive for the virus. He was infected after coming in contact with the 65-year-old man from Nayagaon (near Chandigarh), who died of Covid-19 today.

The nursing officer was attending to him without safety equipment for three consecutive days. A resident of Sector 38, he had been visiting his home on these three days. His wife and one-month-old baby have been put under home quarantine.

The nursing officer developed symptoms like sore throat, following which he was tested for Covid.

The Nayagaon patient was admitted to the emergency medicine ward on March 25 for SARI (severe acute respiratory infection) initially. He was initially being tested for H1N1 and when he tested negative for the virus, he was tested for Covid. The testing protocols exposed over 36 health workers in the PGI.

The second Covid case that surfaced today is of a 40-year-old resident of Sector 49, who was sampled at Mayo Hospital in Mohali. He has tested positive for the virus. He came in contact with a person who had returned from Canada. He is a doctor at the Mohali hospital.

His five primary contacts have been traced and put under home quarantine. Five more contacts of the patient have been admitted in the Mohali hospital.

Besides, a total of 45 contacts of the Nayagaon patient have been traced by the PGIMER, of which 26 are from Chandigarh and 19 from Punjab.

Meanwhile, UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore today said the home quarantine notices pasted in front of houses will be removed after 14 days, yet the residents were advised to maintain distance from the houses and stay indoors during the curfew period.

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