Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, May 22
Of the 218 persons tested positive in Jalandhar till today, 193 have been discharged.
While the district reported positive cases in bulk for weeks, for the past few days samples have seen a drastic reduction in reportage of positive cases. From 15 to 17 positive cases in a single day, for the past three days Jalandhar has reported only a few cases.
There were occasions when 300 to 400 persons were being tested in the district on a single day. However, we are still conducting testing of 100-150 persons per day. Those discharged are being told to stay under home quarantine for a week. For the past few days, a lesser number of people are being reported positive. There is certainly a marked change in the Covid pattern. Weather could be a contributing factor. — Dr TP Singh, Nodal officer, Jalandhar
Ever since SOPs changed to ensure discharge of asymptomatic persons lodged at the isolation centre here, there has been a slew of discharges at the local Civil Hospital.
Of the total 218 positive cases in Jalandhar, merely 18 are active now. Of these 18, 15 are lodged at the Civil Hospital, one in Nakodar and two in Ludhiana.
Along with increased discharges, there is also reduction in new positive cases. Of the 93 sample reports yesterday, 92 came out negative and one positive. However, no case was reported today. While the Health Department searched for patient relatives and contacts earlier quite extensively, sources said now testing was also being done with considerations focused on symptomatic persons, which are already a few. However, health officials said over a 100 persons were being tested daily.
Nine children among 79 discharged
As per SOPs, the procedural change began on May 17 when as many as 79 asymptomatic persons were discharged. All of them were tested positive. The discharged persons included nine children, three persons in seventies and eight in sixties.
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