MBBS intern, policewoman among six fresh Covid-19 cases in Chandigarh; count climbs to 189
Two healthcare workers and a policewoman are among eight people who tested positive for the coronavirus disease on Tuesday, taking the count of confirmed cases in Chandigarh to 189.
A 24-year-old MBBS intern posted at the emergency ward of Government Multi Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, and a 44-year-old sanitary attendant from Kachhi Colony, Dhanas, who works at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, have been found infected. However, the sanitary attendant was not on active duty since April 28.
Meanwhile, for the first time, a Chandigarh Police personnel tested positive for the infection. The 25-year-old woman police constable, who is putting up in the barracks of the recruit training centre in Sector 26, was part of a team deployed at the grain market and was tested positive after complaining of regular flu.
The remaining five cases are from the hotspot Bapu Dham Colony in Sector 26. Besides a three-month-old girl, a seven- year-old boy and three women, aged 33, 35 and 75, have tested positive. With this, the number of cases in the colony has shot up to 120. Among the active 156 cases in Chandigarh, 75% are from the colony.
The day also witnessed two people getting recovered, taking the total to 30. A doctor and a healthcare worker, both in their 20s and working in Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, were discharged from the PGIMER.
SEVEN COPS QUARANTINED
Speaking on the first case among the local force, superintendent of police (SP, headquarters) Manoj Kumar Meena, said, “At least seven of her colleagues living in the same barrack have been quarantined and they will be tested by health officials.” A source privy to the matter said four women constables living in the same barracks have shown symptoms, but their test reports are awaited.
Meanwhile, the department began disinfecting the barracks housing nearly 200 constable-rank personnel. “From now on, sanitisation of barracks, and the police lines in general, will be done on a daily basis,” said Meena. The movement inside the police lines and the recruitment centre have also been restricted. Barring cops, no one is being allowed to leave the campus.
A barrack can easily accommodate around 16-17 persons, but due to social distancing, only eight were asked to stay together. Last year, nearly 520 new recruits joined the Chandigarh Police force and were undergoing training at the recruit centre. Due to the pandemic, everyone was put on field duties to enforce prohibitory orders. Apart from the new recruits, nearly 900 families of cops live on the same campus in Sector 26.