Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, May 19
Punjab reported 22 new COVID-19 cases, taking the state’s official coronavirus infection tally past 2,000.
Punjab’s official tally now stands at 2,002 with 37 deaths.
Ludhiana reported a massive spike in coronavirus cases in the state on Tuesday, accounting for 19 of Punjab’s 22 new cases.
Patiala (2) and Gurdaspur (1) made up the rest on Tuesday’s count.
Ten of Ludhiana’s 19 new cases were from one place---at Borstal jail, a special quarantine jail. Eight inmates and two ward attendants tested positive there.
The third case was a person who travelled to Uttar Pradesh.
Of the others that remain, two were contacts of Railway Police Force personnel who tested positive before, another one was a contact of another already diagnosed case, four others from the flu corner and the last was a new case, Punjab’s daily COVID bulletin showed.
Both of Patiala’s new cases were people who recently came back from Mumbai.
One pilgrim tested positive in Gurdaspur.
The district-wise breakup of the state’s COVID-19 cases is as follows:
Amritsar (305), Jalandhar (209), Ludhiana (169), Tarn Taran (155), Gurdaspur (124), SBS Nagar (105), Patiala (103), SAS Nagar (102), Hoshairpur (95), Sangrur (88), Muktsar (65), Faridkot (61), Ropar (60), Moga (59), Fatehgarh Sahib (56), Ferozepur (44), Fazilka (44), Bathinda (41), Mansa (32), Pathankot (29), Kapurthala (33), and Barnala (21).
Over 76 per cent of Punjab’s cases were recorded in May alone.
Eight districts have over 100 cases---Amritsar, Jalandhar, Tarn Taran, Ludhiana, Gurdaspur, SBS Nagar, SAS Nagar and Patiala---and account for over 63 per cent of Punjab's total case count.
The state’s death toll now stands as: Ludhiana (7), Jalandhar (5), Amritsar (4), Hoshiarpur (4), Gurdaspur (3), SAS Nagar (3), Kapurthala (3), Pathakot (2), Patiala (2), SBS Nagar (1), Ropar (1), Ferozepur (1), and Barnala (1).
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