Covid deaths rose four times at Patiala's Rajindra Hospital in March

113 patients succumbed to virus | Toll was 23 in February

Covid deaths rose four times at Patiala's Rajindra Hospital in March

The isolation ward of Government Rajindra Hospital, Patiala.

Karam Prakash
Tribune News Service
Patiala, April 2

With 113 fatalities reported in March, the Government Rajindra Hospital has recorded a four-fold increase in Covid deaths as compared to February, when 23 patients succumbed to the deadly virus here.

Of the 113 deaths in March, around 55 per cent i.e. 62 patients were aged above 60 years. The hospital authorities said 67 Covid deaths were referral cases from other districts. Notably, the Rajindra Hospital caters to around seven districts of the state.

57 more die, 2,903 fresh cases

  • The state reported 57 more fatalities due to Covid, which pushed the toll to 6,983, while 2,903 new cases took the tally to 2,45,768
  • The fresh cases included 439 in Jalandhar, 419 in Mohali, 369 in Ludhiana, 337 in Amritsar and 316 in Patiala
  • Among districts that recorded fresh fatalities, nine each were reported in Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar and six in Amritsar PTI
A police official gets the jab on Friday. Photos: Rajesh Sachar

Over the last couple of days, average Covid fatalities at the hospital are increasing by the day as it has already been recording eight deaths per day. The average deaths in March were four.

Meanwhile, the hospital authorities claimed that patients were reaching there at a very late stage that reduced their chances of survival. In wake of mounting deaths, health experts said it was merely a misconception that the second wave was not as deadly as the first one. The average daily positive cases have already breached the first wave count while the death tally would also follow the same trend in coming days, they added.

Dr RPS Sibia, head of the medicine department, Government Rajindra Hospital, said, “This time, the number of serious patients is quite high. At present, 62 patients are in the ICU.” He said people were still not visiting hospitals for testing. “I urged the public to rush to the health centres as soon as the first symptom appears,” Dr Sibia added.

Meanwhile, Dr DS Bhullar, nodal officer, dead body management committee, Rajindra Hospital, said, “The way people are showing laxity towards the Covid norms, more deaths are expected in coming days.”

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