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Dera Bassi’s Jawaharpur alone has 34 cases; Punjab tally 158

Jalandhar, Pathankot, Patiala also report cases

Dera Bassi’s Jawaharpur alone has 34 cases; Punjab tally 158

Tribune News Service
Mohali/Jalandhar/Patiala, April 11

Mohali, Jalandhar, Pathankot, and Patiala reported new coronavirus cases on Saturday, taking the state tally to 158.  

Two more people tested positive in Dera Bassi's Jawaharpur village in Mohali district, taking the vilage tally to 34 and the district tally to 50.

The district has seen one death so far.

The two people tested positive are associates of the families of the panch and the sarpanch who had also tested positive. They have been admitted to the isolation ward of Gian Sagar Hospital in Banur.  

The first case in the village surfaced on April 4 when a 42-year-old-year panch of the village had tested positive. Since then 33 more people—30 part of his extended family—have tested positive for coronavirus.

Civil Surgeon Dr Manjit Singh said teams had been deputed for the village to take samples of their family members and other contacts. He said reports of all 12 samples had arrived--two had tested positive while 10 had tested negative.

The district administration has already sealed Jawaharpur along with Devigarh and Mehmudpur villages, deploying 75 cops with three PCR vehicles to ensure no movement.

None of the 34 people has any travel history. Most of them were asymptomatic and detected only though testing and added that some Tablighi Jamaat members had stayed in the village, but left before anyone could get information about them.

Jalandhar reported three more positive cases---all three relatives of the man who died of the infection in Mitha Bazar on Thursday.

Among those who tested positive is a 34-year-old local Congress leader who is the block president of the Congress. He met Jalandhar North MLA Bawa Henry on March 30 and half a dozen Congress workers and councillors.

All of them quarantined themselves soon after the Congress leader’s father tested positive.

This takes Jalandhar cases to 15, with one death.

In Patiala, a man who works as gardener at the residence of a PCS officer tested positive for coronavirus. Sources said that he worked in the houses of some other officers as well.

His brother, who is employed at the house of a noted city doctor couple, has also been quarantined.

Another person tested positive in Faridkot, taking the total number of cases in the district to three. 

Authorities said the third person who tested positive was friends with the other two already diagnosed with the infection. 

A student at Lovely Professional University in Phagwara tested positive on Friday evening. She was living at the university hostel.

However neither of these two cases have been yet to be added to the state tally.

Punjab government extended curfew restrictions in the state until May 1, and advanced school vacations in an attempt to stem the spread of the virus.

The state's latest media bulletin shows that of 3,909 cases tested in Punjab, 3,249 tested negative. The state's awaited results 502. 

Two patients are in serious condition. 

The state has also revised its death tally to 12, from 10 until Friday.

Here's the state's official tally

District  Confirmed cases Cured Deaths
SAS Nagar 50 5 2
SBS Nagar 19 10 1
Pathankot 16 - 1
Jalandhar 15 3 1
Mansa 11 - 2
Amritsar 11 - 2
Ludhiana 10 1 2
Hoshiarpur 7 1 1
Moga 4 - -
Ropar 3 - 1
Sangrur 2 - -
Fatehgarh Sahib 2 - -
Faridkot 2 - -
Barnala 2 - 1
Patiala 2 - -
Kapurthala 1 - -
Muktsar 1 - -
Total 158 20 12

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