Covid-19: Sangrur emerges as new hotspot with 16 deaths, fourfold jump in cases in a month

In the past one month, the district went on to attain 9.14% share of the state’s death tally
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Published on Jul 08, 2020 11:27 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByAvtar Singh, Sangrur

With more than a fourfold (415%) rise in Covid-19 cases and 16 deaths in a month, Sangrur has emerged as a new virus hotspot district of Punjab.

The coronavirus count of the district went up from 115 on June 8 to 593 on July 7. The district, which now has 126 active cases, reported its first death on June 10 even as the state had witnessed 175 fatalities till July 7. In the past one month, the district went on to attain 9.14% share of the state’s death tally.

As per the state health department’s July 7 media bulletin, Malerkotla was the worst-virus hit block with 78 active cases and 12 deaths.

The Sunam block has 16 active cases without any fatality, Amargarh has 4 active cases with 2 deaths, Sherpur and Fatehgarh Panjgrain have one death each. The Longowal and Sangrur blocks have 9 and 7 active cases.

On Wednesday, Sangrur civil surgeon Dr Raj Kumar was also tested positive for the coronavirus. Also, 33 police personnel have been found infected in a month.

Deputy superintendent of police (investigation) Mohit Agarwal said 31 cops have recovered.

Swaranjit Singh, a member of the Punjab Paramedical and Health Employees Front, said cases are increasing due to the poor healthcare infrastructure.

“Though the current testing ratio is satisfactory, it was not the case earlier. Also, people are avoiding getting their test done due to shortage of isolation facilities,” he added.

Sangrur deputy commissioner Ramvir said, “There is no community transmission in the district. We are tracing all contacts of Covid patients. Malerkotla is the worst hit area but we have deployed senior officials to monitor the situation. Also, containment zones are being declared to prevent the spread of virus.”

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