Daily Covid sampling touches all-time high in Ludhiana

Sample collection pace doubled in two weeks with thrust on test, trace and treat strategy

Daily Covid sampling touches all-time high in Ludhiana

Nitin Jain
Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, May 15

In order to beat the second Covid wave, which continues to rapidly slide into a devastating crisis with health facilities falling short, oxygen supplies running low, and many dying due to the virus, some of them even without seeing a doctor, the daily sampling to diagnose the deadly disease has touched an all-time high in the district.

Ludhiana, which remains the Covid capital of Punjab being the worst-hit district in the state, has almost doubled the sampling pace in the last two weeks with the thrust on test, trace and treat (T3 strategy).

The official data available with The Tribune revealed that the daily sampling figure touched an all-time high of 15,180 on Friday, which was almost double than 8,458 samples tested in the district on May 1.

After falling down to 7,176 on May 2, the daily sampling rate continued to rise constantly with each passing day as 8,585 samples were taken on May 3, 9,053 on May 4, 10,951 on May 5, 10,380 on May 6, 10,379 on May 7, 9,902 on May 8, 10,063 on May 9, 8,305 on May 10, 10,002 on May 11, 13,006 on May 12, 12,422 on May 13, and touching the peak of 15,180 on May 14.

On Saturday, the sampling rate once again came down slightly to 14,591.

In all, 11,43,904 samples have been collected in the district so far, of which 10,68,526 have tested negative and 74,873 samples were found positive while reports of 505 samples were yet to be received.

While 60,321 patients have already recovered from the virus, 12,832 cases are still active in the district as on Saturday. Of the total active cases, 10,345 are recuperating in home isolation, while 1,373 critical patients are still hospitalised, including 217 in government hospitals and 1,156 in various private facilities across the district.

However, 2,553 patients, including 1,700 locals and 853 from outside district, have lost battle to Covid till date.

Recovery rate on the rise

The recovery rate continued to rise even on Saturday as well when the district touched a new high with 97.26 per cent patients recovering from the virus. With 868 more patients beating Covid on Saturday, the total count of recoveries mounted to 60,321.

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