Ludhiana district continues to lead Punjab with max positive students

153 students, 5 staffers in 5,799 schools test +ve for Covid in state

Ludhiana district continues to lead Punjab with max positive students

A schoolgirl being tested for Covid on Tuesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Nitin Jain

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 14

Ludhiana continues to lead the state with the maximum of 26 of the total 153 Covid positive students from government schools in the state during the past month, the government has confirmed.

Of the total five staffers, including both teaching and non-teaching, testing positive for the virus, one case was from Ludhiana, the official figures have revealed.

On the directions of Chief Secretary, Vini Mahajan, the Health Department had launched an extensive testing campaign in schools after 20 students from two schools in Ludhiana had tested positive for Covid on August 10.

The cumulative data of one-month testing in government schools conducted from August 10 to September 9, compiled by the Health and Family Welfare Department, a copy of which is available with The Tribune, showed that 153 students and five staffers of the total 3,21,969 students and 33,854 staffers (both teaching and non-teaching) tested from 5,799 government schools in 22 districts have been found Covid positive so far, accounting for 0.05 per cent positivity rate.

While Mohali has reported the highest of 0.26 per cent positivity rate among the tested students and staffers, the second highest of 0.12 per cent hit rate has been recorded in Moga. The third worst-hit district is Barnala with a positivity rate of 0.11 per cent.

Ludhiana and Fatehgarh Sahib recorded the hit rate of 0.05 per cent each, which is on par with the state’s average positivity, but higher than 11 other districts, three of which reported no positive case.

Among the districts, which reported higher positivity rate than the state’s average, are Amritsar and Bathinda with hit rate of 0.08 per cent each, Faridkot 0.09 per cent, Muktsar 0.06 per cent, Pathankot 0.1 per cent and Patiala 0.08 per cent.

The districts with lower than the state’s positivity rate are Fazilka and Ferozepur 0.04 per cent each, Hoshiarpur 0.02 per cent, Jalandhar 0.03 per cent, Kapurthala 0.04 per cent, Mansa 0.03 per cent, Sangrur 0.03 per cent and Nawanshahr 0.03 per cent.

Three districts that reported zero hit rate are Gurdaspur, Ropar and Tarn Taran.

The district-wise figures revealed that Ludhiana tested maximum of 56,927 students and 2,763 staffers in 1,226 schools, followed by 24,791 students and 1,011 staffers in 520 schools of Amritsar, 17,440 students and 2,067 staffers in 407 Gurdaspur schools, 14,711 students and 2,277 staffers in 312 Bathinda schools, 13,226 students and 368 staffers in 151 Muktsar schools, 16,303 students and 1,050 staffers in 434 Sangrur schools, 11,038 students and 12,290 staffers in 137 Tarn Taran schools, 22,813 students and 2,163 staffers in 321 Jalandhar schools, 6,669 students and 28 staffers in 138 Ferozepur schools, 16,501 students and 120 staffers in 107 Fazilka schools, 5,839 students and 97 staffers in 59 Fatehgarh Sahib schools, 13,350 students and 897 staffers in 192 Nawanshahr schools, 6,668 students in 236 staffers in Mansa schools, 12,634 students and 929 staffers in 85 Pathankot schools, 2,823 students and 9 staffers in 39 Barnala schools, 10,869 students and 4,888 staffers in 376 Kapurthala schools, 12,246 students and 918 staffers in 149 Patiala schools, 12,665 students and 387 staffers in 270 Ropar schools, 10,223 students and 521 staffers in 143 Faridkot schools, 24,371 students and 981 staffers in 320 Hoshiarpur schools, 8,316 students and lone staffer in 159 Moga schools, and 1,546 students and 89 staffers in 18 schools in Mohali district.

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