No let-up in Covid surge, Patiala district records spike of 453 cases

Health Dept says complacency behind rapid increase in cases

No let-up in Covid surge, Patiala district records spike of 453 cases

A health worker collects a sample from a man who was caught violating Covid-19 norms at a naka in Patiala. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

Tribune News Service

Patiala, April 21

Patiala today recorded highest single-day spike of 453 Covid-19 positive cases. The district also reported six deaths, taking the death count to 694.

Of the 453 positive cases, 36 are the contacts of past positive patients.

Patiala Civil Surgeon Dr Satinder Singh said while Patiala reported 322 cases, the remaining cases were recorded from Rajpura (27), 18 from Shutrana, 17 each from Nabha and Samana, 13 from Dudhan Sadhan, 11 Kallon Majra and 10 each from Kauli and Bhadson.

Dr Satinder Singh said it was an outcome of residents’ laxity towards Covid-19 norms.

A policeman stops a youth for violating the Covid 19 norms in Patiala. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

“Rising cases show people have already been complacent towards Covid-19 guidelines. There is still hope to control the situation if people start following norms strictly,” he added.

The Senior Medical officer (SMO) of Patiala Health Department also tested positive for the virus today. The doctor was among the first few who had come forward to receive the vaccine.

Children shelter home turns Covid-19 hotspot

Shelter home SOS Children’s Village, Rajpura, has turned into a Covid hotspot after 13 people, nine children and four staff members, tested positive for coronavirus today.

With this, around 25 people from the shelter home have already tested positive in two days.

Rajpura Senior Medical Officer Dr Jagpalinder Singh said they had already quarantined the positive patients at the shelter home.

“We are keeping a close eye on the situation. We have already created Level-2 facility nearby, wherein, we can immediately shift them if need be.”