Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, May 11
The district on Tuesday saw a slight fall in the number of Covid-19 positive cases as 571 fresh cases were found in the district. In terms of the tally of today’s positive cases, Jalandhar was sixth in the state with Ludhiana and Mohali continuing to top the chart and Fazilka taking the third slot, which was occupied by Jalandhar for weeks. Bathinda and Patiala too had more patients today than Jalandhar.
There, however, was no respite in the number of fatalities in Jalandhar as nine persons lost their lives today. The tally of Covid infections in the district has crossed half a lakh mark at 50,427. The district had 5,662 active cases as of today. The positivity rate remained at 15.37 per cent.
In the past one year, around 1,184 persons have succumbed to the virus. While over 4,000 people are under home isolation in the district, 104 are receiving treatment in the Civil Hospital.
Despite repeated requests made to people not to venture out unnecessarily, the markets remained crowded more than usual. There was a huge rush in markets just before 3 pm when shops were about to shut as many people reached markets just in the nick of time.
Kapurthala reports six deaths, 318 fresh cases
The health authorities of Kapurthala district today reported 318 Covid cases. Six fatalities, including three of women, were also reported in the district. Those who lost their lives were aged 49, 53, 57, 68, 74 and 75. The death toll in the district has reached 374. As of now, a total of 42 deaths have been reported in the district in May. Meanwhile, 2,809 persons were vaccinated against the infection today and the total number of people who have been inoculated has now crossed 1.14 lakh. The total number of positive cases in the district has now reached 13,969 and the number of active cases as of today is 1,347 after the discharge of 113 patients.
Highest single-day surge in Hoshiarpur: 9 die, 466 cases
In its highest single-day surge in new cases, the district reported 466 Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, taking the tally to 23,745, while a 17-year-old boy was among nine deaths due to Covid pushed the fatality count to 802. Giving information about Covid in the district, Dr Ranjit Singh Ghotra, Civil Surgeon, said the number of active cases was 2,542, while 20,201 patients had recovered.
The Hoshiarpur city reported 58 new cases, while eight were reported from other districts and 400 were related to other health blocks in the district. Of the nine deaths, four patients died in Hoshiarpur hospitals while three died at Jalandhar Hospitals and one each at a private hospital in Ludhiana and the PGIMER, Chandigarh.
Nawanshahr reports four deaths, 42 new cases
Nawanshahr is again seeing high rise in number of deaths due to Covid. Four persons, including a 57-year-old woman from Muzaffarnagar block, a 77-year-old man and a 70-year-old woman from Saroya block and an 88-year-old person from Urban Rahon succumbed to the virus today.
As many as 42 patients tested positive for Covid today, of which 20 cases came from Balachaur. The district has 844 active cases at present (822 from Nawanshahr and 22 from outside the district).
The district tally now stands at 9,715 and the recovery rate is 88.85 per cent. More than 700 patients are in home isolation. A total of 72 patients are admitted in L-2 Covid care unit and 15 in L-3 Covid care unit.
Schools to call only 50% staff on rotation
The Jalandhar district administration on Tuesday issued fresh Covid-related guidelines to the schools. While the state government had earlier given liberty to the schools to call in entire staff on daily basis, Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori has now issued orders saying that all schools, which have more than 10 staffers/teachers, should call only 50 per cent staff on rotation basis. The orders have been issued for all schools, including government, aided, recognised and private schools.
Kapurthala DC Deepti Uppal quarantined
Kapurthala Deputy Commissioner Deepti Uppal quarantined herself after her maternal grandmother and a house help tested positive for Covid. The health authorities have also tested all her family members, staff and helpers for the virus. The district has been seeing a constant rise in number of Covid cases for the past two months.
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