Coronavirus peak in Patiala by mid-September: Health Department

Senior doctors, district nodal-officer, and ANMs have already tested positive, this week

Coronavirus peak in Patiala by mid-September: Health Department

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Karam Prakash
Tribune News Service
Patiala, August 5

Experts have predicted the peak of coronavirus in Patiala by mid-September. They have warned the residents to take the disease "seriously and to take precautions".

Adding that the next 30 days would be "crucial" for the district, the Health officials, including doctors, who are falling prey to the deadly disease, said the situation might get out of hand if people did not take precautions.

Dr Harish Malhotra, Civil Surgeon, Patiala, said that there has been a substantial rise in the daily count of COVID-19 infections.

He said: “The peak stage of coronavirus is expected by next month. I appeal to people to strictly follow the guidelines to limit the damage."

“We will be helpless if people don’t take precautions. Community participation is a must to fight the coronavirus,” he added.

Dr Sumeet Singh, District Epidemiologist, said that the coronavirus cases were rising and the daily count would reach at maximum by mid-September.

He said: “The trend we are witnessing predicts, that cases will touch its peak in Mid-September. The case-load has already increased with daily count touching 100 cases per day. “

Sumeet explained that the strategy was to limit the caseload as much as possible otherwise the situation would get out of hand.

Collateral damage:

The Health Department is itself falling prey to the disease.

Senior doctors, district nodal-officer, and ANMs have already tested positive, this week.

With this, around 45 health workers have been infected with coronavirus so far.

The Health Department has said to have been reeling staff shortage because health staff has been quarantined after some tested positive.

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