Tribune News Service
Patiala, April 10
Amid the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, mounting death toll is becoming a cause of concern for the Health Department and people at large in the district.
In fact the second wave, experts said, was seemed equally fatal as the first one given the surging number of coronavirus deaths.
The new strain was more potent than earlier one, experts added. In just 10 days, the district witnessed around 43 deaths due to Covid.
The Covid-related death count in March was 76. With four deaths today, the total count in the district stands at 633 since the pandemic outbreak last year.
Majority of deaths due to Covid could have been avoided if patients had reached health centres well in time, said experts.
The Patiala Civil Surgeon, Dr Satinder Singh, said many Covid patients, who died during treatment, had reported at late stage. “Still, people are reporting at late stage. Only when Covid symptoms aggravate, people turn up at health centres.”
The district epidemiologist, Dr Sumeet Singh, said the vulnerable age group of above 60 was the worst hit in the second wave too. “Like in the first wave, majority of deaths are in the above 60 age group. Besides, maximum casualties have been reported in patients between 45 to 60 years with comorbid conditions.”
Meanwhile, Patiala district reported 266 positive cases, thereby, taking the total positive count since the pandemic outbreak last year to 24,858.
At present, there are 2,483 active cases in the district. Of 266 Covid cases, only 46 are contacts of the past positive patients while 233 are fresh.
Dr Satinder said Patiala city reported 138 cases, Dudhan Sadhan 20, Kauli 19 and Kallon Majra, Bhadson and Nabha 17 each.
Besides, 13 Covid case were reported from Samana, 12 from Rajpura, seven from Shutrana and six from Harpalpur, Dr Satinder added.
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