20-yr-old Jamaat attendee tests positive in Panchkula, taking Covid count to 18 in Haryana dist
The total number of coronavirus cases in Panchkula stood at 18 on Monday after a 20-year-old man from Nava Nagar village on Pinjore-Baddi road tested positive. However, active cases in the district stayed at 15, as a 37-year-old who had attended a jamaat event was cured and discharged from civil hospital in Sector 6.
Panchkula civil surgeon Dr Jasjeet Kaur said the 20-year-old had recently attended a Tablighi Jamaat event in Sirmaur, Himachal Pradesh. With this, the count of Jamaat attendees who have tested positive in Panchkula is seven. Officials said the man had also visited Bijnour, Uttar Pradesh, and returned to Pinjore thereafter. As per information, he self reported to the civil hospital in Sector 6, Panchkula, on April 4. After medical screening, he was kept at a quarantine facility in Mouli village, Raipur Rani, with other jamaat attendees.
His close contacts and few other families of his village have been advised to observe home quarantine. Panchkula deputy commissioner (DC) Mukesh Kumar Ahuja said samples of 952 people have so far been taken of which, 18 turned out positive. He said reports of at least 172 samples are awaited. Nearly 130 people, who had attended the Tablighi Jamaat events in different states, including Maharashtra and Rajasthan, have been quarantined at Nada Sahib gurdwara and Mouli village in Panchkula.
The Covid patient from Panchkula who recovered and was discharged from civil hospital, Sector 6, on Monday is a resident of Banoi Khuda Baksh village in Pinjore, and was among the first three jamaat attendees that tested positive in the district on April 9.
District Covid-19 nodal officer Dr Rajiv Narwal said, “As part of protocol, samples of all three men that tested positive on April 9, were taken, however only one tested negative. He was discharged after his second sample returned negative results on Monday evening.” The 37-year-old man along with two other men - 18 and 80, had attended a Tablighi Jamaat event in Sikar, Rajasthan, last month.
With this, a total of three patients in Panchkula, with the first two being woman salon worker and a staff nurse, recovered and were discharged on April 11.