Urban-rural divide emerges in Covid-19 cases in Punjab

8 dists report more infections in towns, 13 see surge in villages

Urban-rural divide emerges in Covid-19 cases in Punjab

A person gets his Covid test done in Ludhiana. Inderjeet Verma

Nitin Jain

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 19

In what appears to be a new trend, an urban-rural divide has emerged wide and open in Covid cases reported in the state during the past 14 days, the government has confirmed.

Highs & Lows

  • Eight districts reported more cases from rural areas
  • 13 districts recorded maximum infections from urban areas
  • Highest count of 42 cases from urban areas was registered in Mohali
  • Ferozepur reported maximum of 23 infections from rural areas
  • Lowest number of one case each from urban areas was recorded in Nawanshahr, Moga, and Mansa
  • Ropar reported the minimum of two cases from rural areas

While eight districts recorded more infections in towns, 13 districts saw higher count in villages, the official figures have revealed.

The analysis of region-wise positive patients conducted by the Health and Family Welfare Department, a copy of which is with The Tribune, showed that Ludhiana recorded five virus cases from urban areas while 15 from villages during the past 14 days.

While Mohali topped the state with the maximum count of 42 infections from urban areas, Ferozepur reported the maximum of 23 fresh cases from the villages.

The district-wise comparison indicated that Mohali reported 42 cases from urban and 10 from rural areas, Jalandhar 32 urban and 12 rural, Bathinda 29 urban 11 rural, Amritsar 28 urban 21 rural, Ferozepur 13 urban 23 rural, Pathankot 23 urban six rural, Hoshiarpur 13 urban 22 rural, Muktsar three urban 19 rural, Patiala 17 urban 13 rural, Gurdaspur eight urban 16 rural, Faridkot nine urban 15 rural, Ludhiana five urban 15 rural, Fazilka five urban 13 rural, Ropar eight urban two rural, Tarn Taran three urban seven rural, Fatehgarh Sahib six urban five rural, Kapurthala five urban six rural, Nawanshahr one urban five rural, Moga one urban four rural, Barnala two urban three rural and Mansa recorded one case from urban areas and three from rural areas in the past fortnight.

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