Punjab record spike of 2,526 cases in a day

Oximeter at Rs514 for all: CM I No shortage of medical oxygen: Sidhu

Punjab record spike of 2,526 cases in a day

Staff of the Civil Surgeon office being tested in Amritsar. Tribune photo

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 11

The state witnessed highest single-day spike of 2,526 Covid-19 cases today. As many as 63 people succumbed to the virus.

The Health Department linked the surge to increased testing of patients. From an average of 16,000 samples being collected by the end of August, one-day testing today reached 33,595.

Jalandhar reported the highest number of positive cases at 326 and reported eight deaths.

The highest fatalities (12) continued to be reported from Ludhiana. Two prominent industrialists — DL Sharma of Vardhman Group and Tarsem Kumar Jain of Jain Uday Group— are learnt to have succumbed to the virus.

Patiala and Mohali reported (315 and 262 cases, respectively) while Gurdaspur (237), Ludhiana (186), Amritsar (181), Kapurthala (166) and Hoshiarpur (161) new cases.

Amritsar civil surgeon positive

Amritsar: Civil Surgeon Dr Navdeep Singh has become the senior-most official of the Health department to have tested positive here. As many as 123 staff members of his office were sampled today, of whom one was found infected. Like Dr Singh, roughly 125 Covid warriors have been infected and two of them had succumbed to the virus. TNS

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today announced that oximeters would be made available to all citizens at an affordable cost of Rs 514 each via approved vendors in every district.

Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu today said the state government has made elaborate arrangements for manufacturing and refilling of oxygen cylinders to tackle the emerging situation.

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