Patiala dist sees 104 fresh Covid-19 cases

Highest single-day spike in past four months

Patiala dist sees 104  fresh Covid-19 cases

A senior citizen gets inoculated at a hospital in Patiala on Friday. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

Tribune News Service

Patiala, March 5

Almost after four months, it is for the first time that the district reported 104 Covid-19 cases today. The positive cases include 13 government schoolchildren.

With this, the total count of positive cases has risen to 17, 507 in the district since the Covid outbreak last year.

The Health Department said 12 students from a Government High School in the factory area had tested positive for the virus. Following this development, health officials have ordered the closure of the school for the next 48 hours.

Notably, the district has been witnessing a sudden surge in the number of coronavirus cases over the past week.

Of the 104 positive cases, Patiala had reported 78 cases, Samana seven, Rajpura six, Kauli five and Nabha one. Besides, five positive cases were reported from Bhadson and one from Dhudhan Sadhan block.

The Patiala Civil Surgeon, Dr Satinder Singh, said, “One should start following the three cardinal precautions of the coronavirus, which include regular hand washing, social distancing and wearing a face mask.”

“The number of Covid cases are rising with each passing day. Therefore, we appeal to residents to take precautions strictly. The situation can go out of hands if people are complacent towards the virus,” he added.

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