Highest spike in Covid cases, 598 test positive in Ludhiana

Six dead; undertrial, health worker among infected

Highest spike in Covid cases, 598 test positive in Ludhiana

A sample of a child being collected for Covid test in Ludhiana.

Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, April 16

Breaking its record, the district today saw 598 positive cases in a day. It was on April 11 that 530 patients had tested positive. This is the highest spike since the outbreak of Covid in March 2020.

Today six persons lost their lives. Active cases in the district rose to 3,817. As many as 26 persons were on ventilator support, out of which 15 belong to Ludhiana and 11 to other districts.

Three men and three women, belonging to Maharana Partap Nagar, Inderpuri, Tilak Nagar, Khanna, Dugri and Basti Jodhewal, lost their lives today.

Those who tested positive today include an undertrial, inter-state traveller, healthcare worker and pre-operative case.

Today 503 persons were home quarantined.

Meanwhile, the mass media teams today detailed auto-rickshaw drivers about the Covid guidelines being issued by the government. The representatives of auto-rickshaw unions were contacted to ensure the proper implementation of all the Covid protocols to save the auto-rickshaw owners and passengers from the infection. Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Sukhjivan Kakkar said many persons use auto-rickshaws as a mode of transportation and it is right to say that auto-rickshaws play a major part in keeping the Ludhiana running, so it is necessary to make them aware of the precautions to be taken while driving auto-rickshaws and doing their duty. First and the foremost thing is to wear mask. No person shall be allowed to sit in an auto-rickshaw without mask. Not only this, auto-rickshaw drivers should wear mask all the time and also use sanitiser whenever they receive fare from passengers.

“Our teams sensitised them on not overcrowding their auto-rickshaws with people as this is not legally right. With overcrowding they also increase the chance of getting in Covid-positive person, which may lead to chain of infecting people with the virus. So, for their safety and the safety of their families, people should take utmost precautions. Along with this our teams also instructed them to download cova app,” said Dr Kakkar.

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