Nangli Jalalpur becomes hotspot with 26 Covid cases

Nangli Jalalpur becomes hotspot with 26 Covid cases

Health officials collect a swab sample of a person at Nangli Jalalpur village in Hoshiarpur. Tribune Photo

Sanjiv Kumar Bakshi

Hoshiarpur, June 2

With 26 Covid cases, Nangli Jalalpur village of the Tanda block in Hoshiarpur district has become a new coronavirus hotspot.

Kapurthala has been declared Covid-free and Nawanshahr is on the way to be virus-free as only two active cases are left. Prior to it, Moranwali village in Garhshankar was the hotspot with 16 cases and one death and the Pathlawa village in Nawanshahr too had witnessed even lesser number of Covid-19 patients.

The first Covid-19 patient in Nangli Jalalpur was traced a week ago that too after his death at a private hospital in Jalandhar where he was admitted for a kidney-related complication. Later, samples of his contacts were taken and among those found positive was the driver who used to take him to the hospital. He was in contact with several other persons of the village following which the chain of infected persons started rising.

The said driver had organised a langar at his home. Though he was not found positive at that time, the village sarpanch had stopped him from organising the langar but he did it and around 10 families participated in the same. A woman with three shops in the village and surrounding areas has been found Covid positive.

After that her family members and some of her customers were also found positive. By now 25 infected persons have been traced after the first Covid death in the village.

Meanwhile, the village with a 4-km radius, consisting of nine villages, has been declared as a containment zone by Deputy Commissioner Apneet Riyait on Monday.

District epidemiologist Dr Shailesh said the village was sealed and now the 4-km area around the village, including nine villages, had also been sealed and declared as a containment zone. Teams had been constituted for a door-to-door survey in these villages and intensive sampling would be done, he added.

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