25 positive; one death in Ludhiana district

25 positive; one death in Ludhiana district

A resident gives his sample for the Covid test in Ludhiana on Thursday. photo: Inderjeet Verma

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 18

One person lost his life to Covid, while 25 tested positive for the virus in the district. The total positive cases in the district have now reached 26,488, while the death count has gone to 1,016.

At present, there are 365 active cases in the district, while 15 people were home quarantined today.

Till date, a total of 6,41,572 samples have been taken, out of which the reports of 6,39,827 samples have been received. Out of these, 6,09,261 samples were found negative, while the reports of 1,745 samples were pending. Now, the total number of patients related to Ludhiana was 26,488, while 4,078 patients belong to other districts/states.

The person who lost his life today was a 66-year-old male from GK Colony and had been admitted to Christian Medical College and Hospital. He had co-morbidities of diabetes and acute kidney disease.

Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Sukhjeevan Kakkar, said it was the duty of the people to follow the safety measures. Wearing masks, washing hands frequently and maintaining social distance was vital. People should not get careless and not their guard down in the matter.

Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma also appealed to the residents to follow all Covid safety protocols.

Don’t send students to rallies, functions: Edu dept

Worried over the Covid cases found in various schools, the Education Department has issued instructions to school heads not to send students in awareness rallies, being organised by NGOs and in villages etc.

As per the instructions issued by the department, the heads have been advised not to send students to rallies or campaigns by non-government organisations and agencies so that students do not get any health problems due to the spread of Covid or changing weather.

Meanwhile, many teachers have welcomed the move. They believe that Covid has already put a dent on the regular routine. Things were coming back to normal after a gap of 10 months and the concentration should be on better performance in the upcoming exams of all classes. The rallies will not just expose the students to health issues, but also make them lose focus in studies. Surinder Kaur, principal, Government Senior Secondary School, Ghudani Kalan, hailed the decision of the government.

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