COVID-19 pandemic

21 more test +ve, active cases 128 in Punjab

21 more test +ve, active cases 128 in Punjab

A migrant, along with his children, reaches the Jalandhar railway station to catch a special train to reach his native place. Sarabjit Singh

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 25

With 21 fresh cases reported today, the total number of Covid cases in the state has reached 2,081. As per the government bulletin, 10 cases were reported from Amritsar, six from Jalandhar and one each from Tarn Taran, Kapurthala, SAS Nagar and Sangrur.

In Amritsar, the total count of patients has reached 329. The patients include an Afghanistan-returned man, a woman who had come back from Aligarh, five contacts of earlier positive cases and a person arrested by the police in a criminal case. Of the 10, three have no travel history or contact with a positive case.

Apart from the bulletin, the local administration has reported six additional cases. These include four family members of an earlier positive case. As per the administration, the total count is 335.

In Patiala, a 20-year-old pregnant woman tested positive today. The woman, who lives in Rajpura, has been shifted to the isolation ward of Government Rajindra Hospital.

The Health Department said she had returned from New Delhi on May 19. During her regular check-up for pregnancy, she was screened for Covid. Patiala Civil Surgeon Dr Harish Malhotra said rapid response teams had been pressed into service to trace all contacts of the woman.

As per the Health Department, so far, samples of 66,142 suspected cases were sent for testing. Of them, 60,114 samples were found negative and reports of 3,968 were awaited. So far, 1,913 persons have been discharged after treatment. Now, 128 active cases are left in the state.

Train cancelled, migrants protest

Fatehgarh Sahib: Hundreds of migrant workers from Bihar gathered at the grounds of Khalsa School, Mandi Gobindgarh, early Monday morning. However, they turned violent as they came to know that the Shramik train meant to ferry them home had been cancelled. They reportedly tried to block the GT Road but the timely intervention of Amloh SDM Anand Sagar Sharma and DSP Sukhwinder Singh saved the situation from taking an ugly turn. Later, in the evening, the migrants were taken to Ambala Cantt in nine buses to board a train to Bihar. They alleged that they were told that a Shramik train would leave from Mohali and they had gathered to be taken to Mohali via buses. They said on Friday also, approximately 400 migrants were taken to Mohali in buses. — OC

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