Patiala reports eight new coronavirus cases

5 of a family from Rajpura among new cases, officials say they hid travel history

Patiala reports eight new coronavirus cases

Health officials collect swab samples from a women to test for COVID-19 during a drive to test high-risk groups such as health workers and policemen in Patiala on Saturday. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

Tribune News Service
Patiala, June 6 

Eight people tested positive in Patiala on Friday, officials said.

Patiala’s eight new cases include a family of five in Rajpura who authorities said did not reveal to authorities of their recent return from New Delhi. It was only when their neighbours raised an alarm did they undergo tests on June 4, officials said.

The other cases also had a recent travel record.

Also from Rajpura, a 42-year-old man who has been under quarantine since his return Doha has also tested positive. The seventh case was a 26-year-old who recently came back from Gurugram.

The last patient was a resident of Malerkotla town of Sangrur district. Patiala Civil Surgeon Dr Harish Malhotra said he had come to Patiala’s Government Rajindra Hospital for his regular treatment when he tested positive.

Dr Harish said: “All the positive patients have been already moved to the isolation ward of the Government Rajindra Hospital. Rapid Response Teams have been pressed into the job to trace the high-risk contacts of the positive patients”.

District officials say the new cases take Patiala’s tally at 137, although the new cases have yet to be added to the official state tally for the district, which still stands at 126.

It’s not unusual to find some disparities between district and state numbers---officials say that the district tally only reflects initial numbers that are later adjusted according a patient’s district of residence.

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