Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, June 29
Sangrur continued to report alarmingly high number of coronavirus cases, accounting for 60 of Punjab’s 202 new cases on Monday, the state’s latest COVID bulletin showed.
Punjab also reported five more deaths in a span of 24 hours—developments that take the state’s COVID-19 count to 5,418 with 138 deaths.
Sangrur’s numbers were the highest of any district on Monday. The district has been steadily reporting a rise in COVID-19 cases since June 21, when the district’s COVID-19 cases stood at 206. The cases have more than doubled since, standing at 468, according to the latest bulletin.
Apart from Sangrur, Patiala recorded 45 cases, Amritsar 21, Ludhiana 14, SBS Nagar 10, Barnala 9, Jalandhar 9, Tarn Taran 6, Ropar 5, SAS Nagar 4, Mansa 4, Gurdaspur 3, Pathankot 3, Fatehgarh Sahib 1, Faridkot 3, Ferozepur 2, Moga 1, Bathinda 1 and Kapurthala 1.
Patiala’s figures have also been rising steadily---the district has reported 112 new coronavirus cases in one week since June 23.
Patiala also reported three of five deaths on Monday. Sangrur and Gurdaspur made up the rest of Monday’s death count.
Three districts---Sangrur, Patiala and Amritsar---accounted for 62 per cent of Monday’s cases, the state COVID tally showed.
Sangrur’s 60 included 12 contacts of already diagnosed cases, 12 new coronavirus cases with no contact or travel history, one person who recently returned from abroad and one policeman.
The bulletin said that the state was still compiling details of the other cases.
Of Patiala’s 45 new cases, 23 were contacts, 19 new cases, and one a domestic traveller.
In Amritsar, eight were self-reported cases, seven were categorised as ILI (influenza-like illness), five were contacts of already diagnosed cases and one was SARI (severe acute respiratory infection).
Ludhiana’s 14 cases included three healthcare workers employed at private organisations and one policeman.
SBS Nagar, which was the first district in Punjab to report a coronavirus case in March but has lately been reporting no more than one the odd case or two, reported 10 new cases. All 10 had recently returned from abroad.
Punjab has been reporting a steady rise in coronavirus cases in June---the state’s cases have more than doubled from 2,233 infections reported on May 31.
About 2,151 cases---just over 67 per cent---of Punjab’s 3,185 coronavirus cases reported in June have been reported since June 15.
The district-wise breakup for COVID-19 in Punjab stands as follows: Amritsar (904), Ludhiana (795), Jalandhar (712), Sangrur (468), Patiala (326), SAS Nagar (254), Gurdaspur (219), Pathankot (212), Tarn Taran (194), Hoshiarpur (174), SBS Nagar (140), Muktsar (127), Fatehgarh Sahib (111), Ropar (107), Faridkot (106), Moga (95), Fazilka (91), Ferozepur (96), Bathinda (90), Kapurthala (90), Barnala (59), and Mansa (48).
Death toll stands thus: Amritsar (39), Ludhiana (20), Jalandhar (20), Sangrur (13), Patiala (8), SAS Nagar 3), Gurdaspur (4), Pathankot(6), Tarn Taran (3), Hoshiarpur (6), SBS Nagar (1), Ropar (1), Moga (2), Ferozepur (3), Bathinda (2), Kapurthala (5), and Barnala (2).
Three districts---Amritsar, Ludhiana and Jalandhar---account for 44 per cent of Punjab’s total cases and 57 per cent of its deaths.
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