Record 944 cases, 19 more succumb in Punjab

Record 944 cases, 19 more succumb in Punjab

Health workers shift a patient to an ambulance in Abohar on Saturday.

Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, August 1

With record 944 fresh cases and 19 deaths, the state count of Covid-19 cases has reached 17,063.

Six jails to house new inmates

  • Jail Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa on Saturday said they had converted six prisons into special jails for new inmates to prevent Covid spread

  • The jails include those in Barnala, Patti, Bathinda, Pathankot, Ludhiana and Women Cell, Ludhiana

  • The Rural Development Department will distribute 10 lakh masks, through which self-help groups can earn Rs50 lakh

Once again, Ludhiana saw most casualties as 10 deaths were reported in the past 24 hours. Two deaths each were reported from Amritsar and Sangrur, and one each from SAS Nagar, Muktsar, Jalandhar and Barnala. In all, 145 patients are on oxygen and 13 are on ventilator support.

Those who lost their lives in Ludhiana today include a 49-year-old from Urban Estate (admitted at Patel Hospital, Jalandhar), a 48-year-old admitted to CMCH, a 60-year-old from Upkar Nagar, a 68-year-old from Kitchlu Nagar, an 89-year-old from Brindaban Road, a 65-year-old from Basant Nagar, a 50-year-old from New Azad Nagar, a 40-year-old from Mundian Kalan and a 67-year-old from Hargobind Nagar.

In Amritsar, with two more patients losing their lives to Covid, the toll has reached 80. The deceased have been identified as Babaik Singh, a 40-year-old resident of Daburji Police Lines and Darshan Kaur, a 74-year-old resident of Friends Colony, Sultanwind Road. In terms of cases too, Ludhiana continues to be the worst-affected district as it reported 166 cases, followed by Jalandhar (162), Gurdaspur (89), Bathinda (76), Patiala (66), Ferozepur (73) and Amritsar (49).

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