Patiala's Rajindra Hospital sees 15 fatalities in 24 hours

Patiala's Rajindra Hospital sees 15 fatalities in 24 hours

The hospital mortuary is running short of space following a sudden rise in Covid deaths. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

Tribune News Service

Karam Prakash

Tribune News Service

Patiala, April 20

Fifteen persons died of Covid at Government Rajindra Hospital here over the past 24 hours. As many as 175 persons have died of Covid at the hospital in April.

The authorities said 194 persons had been receiving treatment in the isolation wing of the hospital of which 175 were positive, while the test reports of 19 were awaited. As many as 113 persons had died of Covid at the hospital last month.

Dr Sachin Kaushal, nodal officer, isolation wing, Government Rajindra Hospital, said, “Sixteen persons died at the isolation ward over the past 24 hours. Of 16, one was a suspected Covid patient, who tested negative. Patients are reaching hospital at late stage. A majority of the cases were referrals from other districts.” He added that a majority of patients had died within 48 hours of admission.

Officials revealed that of 5,757 positive cases, 1,109 had died at the hospital since the outbreak of the disease last year. The mortality rate at the hospital hovers around 20 per cent which was alarming, said experts.

It has been learned that the hospital mortuary is running short of space following the sudden rise in Covid deaths.

Meanwhile, the body of a Covid suspect at the hospital mortuary was allowed in the car of the family members. Officials at the mortuary said though the deceased was admitted at the isolation ward, his report came negative. They said the family members of the deceased could take the body if the report was negative.

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