53 inmates of Nabha jail, 35 of Patiala test +ve for Covid

District witnesses a decline in cases, but fatalities still a concern

53 inmates of Nabha jail, 35 of Patiala test +ve for Covid

A health worker administers a dose of the Covid vaccine to a student at Modern Senior Secondary School in Patiala on Monday.

Tribune News Service

Patiala, January 24

As many as 53 inmates, including one woman, in the new district Nabha jail, tested positive for Covid during a routine checking today.

Officials of the Patiala Health Department said two inmates had to be hospitalised, while rest had been isolated at the jail complex. Dr Dalbir Kaur, Senior Medical Officer, said there were reports of many symptomatic inmates at the jail, following which Covid sampling was conducted at the jail. “Two inmates, who have got comorbid conditions, have been admitted to the hospital, while others have been isolated in the jail.”

Meanwhile, officials of the Health Department said that 35 inmates had also tested positive at Patiala Central Jail. The health officials said that positive inmates had been separated from other inmates and had been isolated in a special barrack. Patiala District Epidemiologist Dr Sumeet Singh said, “If any inmate at the jail premises falls sick, he or she will be shifted to hospital for treatment.”

Dist records 163 fresh cases, six deaths

The district today recorded a sharp decline in positive cases, while deaths from Covid continue to rise. The district reported only 163 positive cases, while it recorded six Covid deaths in the past 24 hours.

Health officials said that all Covid patients, who died were above 60 years. Of the six, an 86-year-old man died at his residence only. Health officials said that around 59 people had already died of Covid in January.

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