12 more Hazur Sahib pilgrims test positive for Covid-19 in Punjab, 4 students test positive in Ludhiana
The health department faced mild resistance as some of the pilgrims and students ,who had barely spent a day at home after remaining stranded for over a month were asked to visit the hospital.Updated: Apr 29, 2020 15:35 IST
Seven Hazur Sahib pilgrims tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease in Ludhiana and three in Hoshiarpur on Wednesday, while two pilgrims tested positive in Faridkot late on Tuesday.Four students, who had arrived from Kota on Sunday and Monday also tested positive for the infection in Ludhiana.
Civil surgeon Dr Rajesh Bagga said all patients from the district are asymptomatic. The administration, which had earlier escorted the pilgrims and students to their homes in taxis and PCR vehicles, on Tuesday turned up at their doors to take them to a health facility on Chandigarh Road, after 12 persons who had returned from Nanded, a popular Sikh shrine in Maharashtra, tested positive for Covid-19.
Dr Bagga said the reports had been received from Dayanand Medical College and Hospital and had been shared with the ICMR. The medical research agency will issue an official statement on it.
The health department has taken 56 pilgrims from the district and 25 students who had returned from Kota, Rajasthan, to a quarantine facility at Mother and Child Hospital on Chandigarh road.
Around 50 results are still awaited. Senior medical officer Mother And Child Hospital Dr Amita Jain said the samples of all returnees were collected on Tuesday and sent for testing.
The samples of high-risk persons, including 22 students and 18 pilgrims were sent for testing at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMC&H), while the remaining samples have been sent to Patiala, said Jain .
The health department faced mild resistance as some of the pilgrims and students ,who had barely spent a day at home after remaining stranded for over a month were asked to visit the hospital.
HOSHIARPUR,FARIDKOT REPORT NEW CASES
Two women and a child were found positive for the deadly infection in Hoshiarpur’s Moranwali. With this there are four active cases in the district and the Covid-19 count is 11.
In Faridkot, two women in their 60s were admitted to the isolation ward of Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital at Faridkot. They are both residents of Sandhwan village block in Faridkot district. Now, there are four active Covid-19 cases in the district, while one patient has recovered.
Civil surgeon Dr Rajinder Kumar said, “Two of the 20 persons , who had returned to Faridkot, from Hazur Sahib have tested positive, while reports of 18 others are awaited. With this the total number of positive patients in the district has reached five. These pilgrims were quarantine at a government school after their return and we have initiated the contact tracing.”
The group of 20 had returned from Maharashtra’s Hazur Sahib on a bus on Sunday. All 20, belong to Sandhwan village in Kotkapura sub-division. They had gone on the pilgrimage in the first week of March, but they got stranded there after the lockdown.
50 MORE PILGRIMS EXPECTED, SAYS FARIDKOT DC
Deputy commissioner Kumar Saurabh Raj said around 50 more people, including 25 from Sandhwan and 12 from Pacca village, are expected to arrive here from Nanded within next the next 24 hours. He said administration had made the arrangements to quarantine all the persons retuning from Nanded.
Around 3,000-odd pilgrims had been stranded in Hazur Sahib, one of the five temporal seats of Sikhs, in Nanded district of Maharashtra after imposition of a nationwide lockdown. These pilgrims, which belong to different parts of Punjab, have been returning in batches.
SOCIAL DISTANCING GOES FOR A TOSS
Though the health department had said that pilgrims based in Moranwali, who returned from Nanded on Saturday, were quarantined as soon as they landed but sources say they first went to the village gurdwara to pay obeisance.
On Monday, some panchayat members also went to their residences to offer ‘siropas’ to them. The health workers are now busy identifying their contacts.