Reinfections a worry in Punjab

UK variant proving ‘more deadly’ for youth | 10 fatalities so far

Reinfections a worry in Punjab

Capt Amarinder Singh gets his second vaccine shot in Chandigarh.

Manav Mander

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 12

The second wave of Covid surge is proving fatal for those below 45 years and a few contracting the virus for the second time (without co-morbidity), have died across the state.

Nearly 70-80 per cent of Covid cases in the state have UK variant of the virus.

Dr Bishav Mohan, senior cardiologist at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, who is also a member of Covid-19 task force formed by the government, said the UK variant was proving more deadly for the young as several youngsters below 45 years without co-morbidity had contracted the virus for the second time and lost their life. “Ten such cases have been reported in the state of whom three were admitted to the DMCH, a few in Jalandhar and rest were in other districts,” he said.

Discussing a case from the district, he said a young doctor from Ludhiana tested positive earlier, but got both doses of the vaccine. “He has tested positive again. The severity of the disease in this case is negligible as he is vaccinated. Vaccination helps in reducing the severity of the infection,” he said.

Last year, those admitted to ICUs were aged above 50 years. The new strain seems to have been affecting lungs more quickly and chances of the patient having severe lung infection are also high. On Sunday, 25 patients were on ventilator support in Ludhiana district alone.

52 more succumb, testing to be ramped up

  • Struggling with a spike in Covid cases, the government is working to increase daily sampling to 50,000 a day. At present, over 40,000 tests are being done every day.
  • The state has reported 3,477 cases and 52 deaths in the past 24 hours. Amritsar and Hoshiarpur topped among districts with eight deaths, followed by Gurdaspur, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Patiala (five each).

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