33 more test +ve, 16 from Amritsar alone

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 27

After witnessing a dip in the number of new Covid-19 patients, the state again witnessed a spike on Wednesday. At least 33 fresh cases were reported, taking the total number of cases in the state to 2,139.

As per the media bulletin, 16 cases were reported from Amritsar, seven from Patiala, two each from Sangrur, Pathankot and Tarn Taran and one each from Gurdaspur Pathankot, Barnala and Ludhiana.

Amritsar’s count of positive cases has reached 347. Of the 16 fresh cases reported today, two with ILI (influenza-like illness) were reported at the flu corner. They have no travel or contact history.

Of the remaining 14, eight are contacts of a Vijay Nagar patient. Three other patients are contacts of a community spread case from Rani Ka Bagh locality, while one is the contact of Vimal Mehra, who had earlier died of Covid-19.

The district health authorities have also reported two positive cases from among the passengers of a domestic flight from Delhi, which had arrived here on Monday.

Of seven cases in Patiala, five are close contacts of the already positive patient of Rajpura town. Besides, a pregnant woman was tested positive for Covid-19. Patiala Civil Surgeon Dr Harish Malhotra said the 30-year-old woman had visited a private hospital where her sample was taken.

He said the seventh patient was a 58-year-old woman from Nabha, who had recently returned from Delhi. All seven patients have been shifted to the isolation ward of Government Rajindra Hospital.

Apart from the bulletin, three more persons, an RPF staffer and two patients from Pathankot, were tested positive in Jalandhar.

As per the Health Department, samples of 72,468 suspected cases have been sent for testing so far. Of these, 66,417 samples were found negative and reports of 3,912 were awaited.

So far, 1,918 patients have been discharged after treatment. Now, there are 148 active cases in the state.

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