5 fall prey to Covid, 68 test positive in Ludhiana

5 fall prey to Covid, 68 test positive in Ludhiana

A resident gives sample for Covid test in Ludhiana. Inderjeet Verma

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 16

Five persons lost their life to Covid here today, while 68 tested positive for the virus.

Those who lost their lives included a 13-year-old girl from Sandhu Sundar Singh Colony. She was admitted to the CMCH. She was also suffering from acute kidney injury. A 37-year-old woman from Shimlapuri was also suffering from chronic kidney disease and succumbed to the virus.

A 57-year-old woman from Gurpal Nagar and a 62-year-old woman from Phullanwal village, both admitted to the CMCH, lost their lives today.

A 60-year-old man from Krishna Nagar, Khanna, admitted to the DMCH, also fell prey to the virus.

Deputy Commissioner Varinder Sharma said a total of 77 patients (68 new patients from Ludhiana district and nine from other states/districts) had tested positive in the past 24 hours.

He said till date, a total of 3,44,209 samples had been taken, out of which reports of 3,42,509 samples had been received. Of these, 3,20,405 samples were found negative, while the reports of 1,700 samples were pending. He said now the total number of patients related to Ludhiana was 19,552, while 2,552 patients were related to other districts/states.

Taking care of heart

Meanwhile, Dr Bishav Mohan, a member of the Sanjivani team formed by the Punjab Government to prevent the spread of Covid, shared tips on how to take care of heart ahead of the changing weather amid coronavirus.

Dr Mohan said they consider three types of people as heart patients, including those who have a blood pressure problem, weak pumping or blockage in the heart. He said when the weather changes from summer to winter, there were maximum chances of increasing the risk of cardiac arrest, paralysis or other heart-related diseases.

He added that to prevent the heart-related issues, especially in winters, the people having problem of blood pressure, weak pumping or blockage in hearts should monitor their blood pressure regularly and should not stop anticoagulants (blood thinner medicines) without the consultation of the doctor.

He encouraged those who had recovered from the virus to start their routine life while adhering to safety protocols and asked them to do exercise and walk.

Dr Mohan appealed to the farmers to restrain from burning paddy straw as studies had shown that pollution directly affects the heart patients. It could also lead to the rise in Covid spread. He urged farmers to use other measures to manage the residue left after the harvesting of the paddy.

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