19 test positive, 1 dead in Ludhiana

19 test positive, 1 dead in Ludhiana

A person giving his sample for covid testing in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, June 21

What has come as relief for the residents of the district is that the graph of Covid cases and deaths is going down. The figures remind of the starting of the year. Today 19 persons tested positive for Covid and it was on January 11 that 15 persons had tested positive and 14 had tested positive on January 18. The recovery rate of Ludhiana district now is 96.92 per cent, while the case fatality rate is 2.40 per cent.

Today for the third consecutive day there was only one death due to the disease in the district. A 60-year-old man from Dholewal, admitted to Oswal Hospital, lost his life.

Total confirmed cases from the district now are 86,657, while 2,077 persons have lost their lives since March 2020.

Today 35 patients were admitted to government hospitals and 81 to private hospitals, while 21 patients were on the ventilator support. There are 462 persons under home isolation.

According to the Health Department till date, a total of 16,20,345 samples were taken, out of which reports of 16,20,241 samples have been received. As many as 15,22,143 samples were found negative, while reports of 104 samples were pending. Today 9,384 samples of suspected patients were sent for testing and their results are expected shortly.

Meanwhile, mass media team from the Health Department visited Nishkam Sewa Ashram at Beehla village in Pakhowal block. The motive of the visit was to sensitise elderly persons living in the old-age home regarding Punjab Government’s newly launched helpline number exclusively for elderly persons and regarding Covid-19 preventive measures.

Civil Surgeon Dr Kiran Gill said the Punjab Government has launched a 24x7 helpline number exclusively for the elderly and they can call at this number to get any kind of help from the government. She said, “We have instructed all our civil hospitals, SDHs and CHCs to provide support to the implementation of helpline 14567 (a national helpline for senior citizens), so that any elderly person can call at this number.”

Tarsem Lal, trustee of the Nishkam Sewa Ashram, assured the team regarding adherence to the government Covid protocol.

5 Covid care centres shut

Keeping in view the decline in the Covid-19 cases in the district, five Covid care centres have been shut down.

Now Urban Primary Health Centre at Jawaddi, Mother and Child Hospital Vardhman, Meritorious School, Radha Swami Satsang Bhawan at Hambran and Mundian cease to be Covid care centres.

Meanwhile, OPD and Emergency of Civil Hospital which was shifted to ESI Hospital due to Covid will be shifted back to Civil Hospital. Both during the first and second wave, OPD and Emergency from Civil Hospital were shifted and only Covid-19 cases were handled at Civil Hospital. From tomorrow everything will be back to normal.

June has seen decline in the number of Covid cases in the district. On June 1, 222 persons had tested positive. On June 12, cases declined to 92 and on June 19, 50 persons had tested positive.

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