Patiala district reports 6 Covid deaths, highest in seven months

Of 476 new +ve cases, Patiala city accounts for 273 infections

Patiala district reports 6 Covid deaths, highest in seven months

A health worker collects a nasal swab sample of a woman for the Covid-19 test in Patiala on Saturday. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

Tribune News Service

Patiala, January 15

In the highest single-day death count, after a gap of seven months, the district today reported six Covid deaths and 476 new cases. With this, the death count in the district stands at 1,386 since the pandemic broke out in 2020. Officials of the Health Department said 22 Covid deaths were reported in the month of January.

Officials said that some of the patients, who died of Covid, were fully vaccinated, while some were partially vaccinated. Of six deaths, two patients did not have any comorbid conditions. It has been learnt that four, out of the six, died within 48 hours of admission to the hospital.

Dr Sumeet Singh, District Epidemiologist, said that cases and Covid deaths were on the rise in the district. He said, “Though it is mild as compared to delta, the Omicron variant has potential to kill people. Of six, two victims were young patients. People should take Omicron seriously and follow the Covid appropriate behavior.”

Patiala Civil Surgeon Dr Prince Sodhi said the district reported 476 new positive cases today. He said that Patiala city alone reported 273 cases, while 732 patients recovered from the infection in the district. The active case count in the district stands at 4,061. Currently, around 99 positive patients were hospitalised, and 12 of them were admitted to Level 3 care centre, the Health Department said.

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