Newborn dies as Chandigarh records 29 Covid cases in biggest single-day spike

Three-day old girl of Dadumajra couple tests positive day after death; Bapu Dham records 28 fresh cases, taking its tally to 183
Updated on May 24, 2020 11:41 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByAmanjeet Singh Salyal, Chandigarh

A three-day-old girl became the fourth fatality linked to coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in Chandigarh on Sunday, as the city also witnessed its biggest single-day spike, with 29 infections reported. The number of confirmed cases in the city has climbed up to 262, of which 72 remain active.

The newborn’s parents are from Dadumajra. After her birth at the civil hospital in Sector 22, she was reported to be brought dead at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education at 11pm on Saturday. She was reported to be Covid-19 positive posthumously on Sunday.

Her mother’s reports are awaited, even as national guidelines call for sampling of pregnant women before delivery.

Meanwhile, there is no let-up in the number of infections in the congested Bapu Dham Colony in Sector 26, as 28 fresh cases were reported there on Sunday, taking the colony’s count to 189, 72% of the city’s total.

This is also steepest increase in the number of cases in Chandigarh, the last being on May 9, when 20 infections were reported.

Among the fresh cases in the colony, 11 are males, 11 are females and identities of six were unknown at the time of filing of this report. In morning, five cases were reported: four women, two aged 30 and two others 23 and 37, and a male aged 18.

In the reports received in the afternoon, nine more cases were reported, including six males, aged between 14 to 42 years, of three households in the same building, and three males, aged 28, 38 and 45, from two households in another building.

Later in the evening, eight cases were reported from four households: six females, aged 6, 18, 23, 25, 28 and 50, and two males, aged three and 32. Six more were reported at night.

No fresh Covid-19 case in Mohali for 14 days

Besides not a single active Covid-19 case left, there has been no fresh infection reported in Mohali district for the past 14 days. The last case was reported on May 10 while the two remaining patients were discharged on May 21.

In the past two months, the district has recorded 105 Covid-19 cases, of which 102 people defeated the virus while three succumbed. In the past two weeks, the health department has been taking around 100 samples from the entire district every day, but all have tested negative so far.

While urging people to take precautions, civil surgeon Dr Manjit Singh said: “We have to wait for 14 days after the last positive case to declare the district virus-free.”

Meanwhile, Panchkula has recorded 25 cases, of which only one remains active. While 23 people were cured, a woman patient under treatment died of heart attack hours after testing negative for Covid-19 and was not accounted for among fatalities due to the infection.


March 31: A 65-year-old man from Nayagaon dies of Covid-19 at the PGIMER, becoming Mohali district and tricity’s first fatality

April 6: A 74-year-old woman tests positive for Covid-19 two days after her death at the Kharar civil hospital, becoming Mohali’s second fatality

May 3: Chandigarh records first death, as an 82-year-old woman, who was a resident of Sector 18 and undergoing treatment at a hospital in Panchkula, succumbs to Covid-19

May 7: A 74-year-old man from Zirakpur dies at a private hospital in Panchkula, becoming Mohali’s third Covid-19 fatality

May 8: Chandigarh’s second fatality reported after a man from Hallomajra tests positive for Covid-19, two days after his death at GMSH-16

May 9: A 62-year-old man of Bapu Dham Colony tests positive posthumously at GMCH-32, taking number of fatalities in Chandigarh to three

May 24: A three-day-old girl delivered by a Dadumajra woman becomes Chandigarh’s fourth fatality after testing positive a day after death

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