Chandigarh: June sees 250% spike in Covid cases, hospitalisation low

1,300 reported this month, only 1% beds occupied in city

Chandigarh: June sees 250% spike in Covid cases, hospitalisation low

Tribune News Service

Naina Mishra

Chandigarh, June 29

The month of June witnessed over 1,300 cases of Covid-19, a 250 per cent jump from the previous month’s tally of 370.

Even as the Covid-19 is again spreading its tentacles in the city, it has not been able to do much damage as most cases are mild. Despite the rise in cases, the hospital bed occupancy has been low, with barely 1 per cent of beds in the city hospitals being occupied.

Six patients are admitted to the PGIMER, of whom two are in the ICU. The GMCH-32 is treating six patients and there are 10 patients admitted to GMSH-16.

The active cases have crossed the 500 mark in the city this month, against only 116 active cases in the end of May. Till Wednesday, 568 patients were currently infected with the virus in the Union Territory. The weekly positivity rate is also hovering between 6 per cent and 7 per cent, implying the detection of the virus in the samples has also increased in the past few days.

The single-day cases have been touching the 90 mark more often in this outgoing week. Asked about the infection status in the city, Director Health Services Dr Suman Singh said: “So far, the cases are mild and there is no need to put any restrictions on limiting OPDs or footfall. People need to observe social distancing and wear mask.” No Covid-19 death has taken place in the city since February 26. The virus has claimed 1,165 lives so far.

Reluctance for booster shot

  • Of the 8,43,000 eligible beneficiaries for booster shot, only 53,161 (6.3%) have taken the third dose in the city
  • The rollout of booster shot began on April 10 for all adults. Further, 26% children aged 12 to 14 years are yet to take their first dose
  • The vaccine momentum has slowed down in the city after the Supreme Court directed that the citizens cannot be forced to take the vaccine shot
  • The UT Administration had withdrawn the ban on unvaccinated children in schools after the SC orders

Infections mild, No need for curbs

So far, the cases are mild and there is no need to put any restrictions on limiting OPDs or footfall. People need to observe social distancing and wear mask. — Dr Suman Singh, Director Health Services

85 test +ve in Chandigarh

Chandigarh: The city witnessed 85 fresh cases of Covid on Wednesday, taking the active caseload to 568. While there was no fresh fatality, 36 patients recovered from the disease. The virus has claimed 1,165 lives in the city so far. TNS

1 death in Mohali

Mohali: One more person succumbed to Covid-19 during the past 24 hours, taking the total number of deathsto 1,153 in the district. Besides, the district reported 52 new cases on Wednesday, while 37 patients were cured of the disease. There are 325 active cases. Meanwhile, a total of 20,66,480 beneficiaries in the district have been given anti-Covid shots to date. As many as 11,51,074 people have been given the first dose and 8,69,995 the second dose. Also, 45,411 beneficiaries have been given the booster dose or the third dose. TNS

Panchkula witnesses 53 fresh cases

Panchkula: The district on Wednesday reported 53 fresh cases of Covid during the past 24 hours. While there was no fresh fatality, 94 patients recovered from the disease. There are 179 active cases in the district. TNS

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