No room for laxity amid rising Covid cases: SSP

Our Correspondent

Hoshiarpur, February 25

Holding a meeting with police officials of the district, SSP Navjot Singh Mahal said no laxity would be tolerated in adherence to Covid protocol in the district. Seeking full support and cooperation from the public to contain the spread in view of the rising numbers of cases in the district, Mahal said there was a need to follow health advisories to contain the contagion.

Urging people not to step out of their homes without masks, SSP Navjot Singh Mahal stressed on the need to remain more vigilant amid rising Covid cases.

He said under ‘Mission Fateh’, an awareness drive has been re-intensified to sensitise people to Covid-19. The district police had distributed more than 20,000 masks till now and more will be distributed with the help of social organisations. “As many as 813 cases were registered for violating curfew and the lockdown guidelines with 51,000 challans. Nearly Rs 2.60 crore was recovered as penalty from the challans,” said Mahal.

Exhorting people not to violate the Covid guidelines, Mahal said it was need of the hour to ensure that preventive measures were followed in true spirit.


4 Covid deaths, 35 new cases in Hoshiarpur

The district on Thursday reported four deaths due to Covid-19, pushing the toll to 365. Besides, the district also witnessed 35 new positive cases, taking the tally of positive cases to 8,426. Civil Surgeon Dr Ranjit Singh Ghotra informed that the number of active cases was 254, while the number of patients who had recovered was 7,959. Of the 35 fresh cases, 12 were found in Hoshiarpur city and the remaining 23 were reported from various health blocks of the district. Those who died were identified as a 46-year-old woman of Bihala who died at the PGI, Chandigarh; a 75-year-old resident of Fatehgarh locality, who died at a medical college, Patiala; a 70-year-old resident of Haveli village, who died at the Civil Hospital, Mahilpur; and a 72-year-old woman of Dimana village, who died at a private hospital in Jalandhar.


Bhattan Mohalla new micro-containment zone

The district administration has declared Bhattan Mohalla in Ward No.4 of Garhshankar town a micro-containment zone after six persons tested positive in the last couple of days. ADM-cum-ADC Amit Kumar Panchal issued an order under Section 144 of the CrPC in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Bhattan Mohalla is the third such zone in the district, while Dhamai and Alawalpur villages of Garhshankar subdivision were declared micro-containment zones earlier this week. He said only medical emergency and essential services would be allowed in the zone. He said health teams will conduct a door-to-door survey and contact tracing at Alawalpur village. In addition, all positive cases will be shifted to health centres. The ADM said Bhattan was declared micro-containment zone for 10 days. He said legal action under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, would be taken against violators.

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