Highest single-day toll, 20 dead in Ludhiana

12 men, 8 women succumb; 792 test positive in district

Highest single-day toll, 20 dead in Ludhiana

A mobile team of the Health Department collects a sample of a girl for Covid test in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, April 30

As many as 20 persons from Ludhiana district lost their lives due to Covid today. This is the highest single-day death toll in Ludhiana since the first Covid death was reported from Ludhiana. On March 30, 2020, 42-year-old woman was the first casualty from Ludhiana. Today 792 people tested positive for Covid.

From the past few days, the number of people succumbing to the virus has increased considerably. Today 20 persons lost their life to the virus, yesterday the count was 18 and on Wednesday 15 persons had lost their lives.

Today, Dinesh Lakra (58), a prominent garment industrialist from the city, also succumbed to the virus. He was admitted to SPS Hospital. His wife is also positive and admitted to the hospital.

Today 12 men and eight women, admitted to Civil Hospital, SPS Hospital, Global Heart, Arora Neuro Center, CMCH, DMCH, Deep Hospital, Oswal Hospital and GTB Hospital, lost their lives.

Till date, a total of 9,87,399 samples have been taken, out of which report of 9,87,065 samples have been received, of which 9,24,527 samples were found negative, while reports of 334 samples are pending.

The total number of patients belonging to Ludhiana is 54,586, while 7,952 patients belong to other districts/states.

As many as 28 patients — 20 from Ludhiana district, while one each from Barnala, Mansa, Moga, Kapurthala and Sangrur districts and states of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and West Bengal — lost their lives today. Now, the total number of persons who lost their lives is 1,375 persons from Ludhiana and 696 from other districts.

Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma appealed to the residents to adhere to all the safety protocols of the Punjab Government like wearing masks, maintaining social distance and washing hands frequently to not only save themselves but keep everyone around safe.

Civil Surgeon Dr Sukhjiwan Kakkar said the main motive behind the weekend lockdown is to break the chain of coronavirus, so that no one comes in contact with anyone with which the chain of transferring the virus gets broken and undetected Covid-19 positive people don’t spread the virus to other people. He said the government had decided to keep weekend lockdown only for the safety of people and people should respect the decision of the government and follow it wisely.

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