Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, May 18
What has come as a little breather for the district is that for the third day in a row, less than 1,000 persons tested positive for Covid. Today 991 persons tested positive, while 21 persons lost their lives.
Those who tested positive include two cops and two healthcare workers, while 212 are still to be traced.
Out of the 21 patients who lost their lives, nine belonged to rural areas, while the remaining from urban areas.
Total positive cases in the district have now reached 77,637, while 1,761 have lost their lives to the virus. There are 12,371 active patients at present. As many as 1,092 patients are admitted to private hospitals and 216 to government hospitals. A total of 61 patients, 32 belonging to Ludhiana district, were on the ventilator support.
Meanwhile, Sandeep Gupta, an NRI from the UK, originally from Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana, contacted Rakesh Agrawal, Commissioner of Police, Ludhiana, and sent 10 oxygen concentrators for distribution to Covid patients in hospitals. He also assured to send more oxygen concentrators in the coming days.
The concentrators were handed over to a temporary Covid care hospital being run in Radha Soami Satsang Ghar in Ludhiana through the Red Cross Society.
No first dose for above 45 years’ category
Meanwhile, for the sixth day in a row no first dose of vaccine for the above 45 years’ category was administered. The vaccine stock of 12,000 doses reached the district today evening and tomorrow sites for the 45-plus category will be started.
Vaccination for the 18-44 years’ category was carried on at 56 places in the district today. Only second dose of Covaxin was administered at five places in the district.
District Immunisation Officer Dr Puneet Juneja said they had received the stock of 12,000 doses for the 45-plus category. Today 16,467 doses were administered to the 18-44 years’ category.
City doctor remembers Dr KK Aggarwal
City-based Ayurvedacharya Dr R Vatsayayan remembered Padma Shri awardee Dr KK Aggarwal and said: “I recall meeting Dr Aggarwal a few years ago in a CME of the Rashtriya Ayurveda Vidyapeeth in New Delhi. My tribute to him, we have lost not only a brilliant doctor but a decent human being and a votary of Ayurveda.”
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