Omicron threat: 9 more Covid cases detected in Ludhiana, samples sent for genome sequencing
Amid rising concerns over ‘Omicron’, a new variant of Covid, samples of the nine people who tested positive for the virus on Sunday have been sent for genome sequencing.
The nine people, who tested positive, are neither NRIs nor do they have a history of international travel. “The patients are from different parts of the district and are suffering from symptoms typical of the coronavirus disease. They have been quarantined,” said district epidemiologist Dr Ramesh Bhagat, adding that no micro-containment zones have been demarcated so far.
With the Union health ministry warning against the new highly transmissible variant, the Punjab health department had issued an advisory asking frequent international travellers and NRIs visiting Punjab to go through mandatory coronavirus tests.
If tested positive, passengers will have to go through a genome sequencing test to ensure that they have not been infected by the new strain.
Highest Covid cases after Sept 12
After the fatal second wave of the Covid pandemic, cases and fatalities have been on the decline in the district. It was last on September 12 that the district had reported nine Covid cases in a single day and it was on November 25 that the district had reported a Covid fatality after a gap of nine days. The deceased was a 22-year-old woman.
Meanwhile, Ludhiana civil surgeon Dr SP Singh has urged residents to observe all Covid norms, and get both doses of the vaccine at the earliest.
The district has, so far, logged 87,680 infections, of which 85,541 were able to recover, and 2,111 succumbed. There are, at present, 28 active cases in the district, of which 24 are under home isolation, three are admitted in private hospitals and one patient is undergoing treatment at the civil hospital.
2 more dengue cases
Two more dengue cases were reported in the district on Sunday. The new infections have taken the case count to 1,814 cases, of which 1,337 were reported from the city alone.
Professor Nilofar Khan, who has 30 years of teaching experience, has been appointed as the first woman vice-chancellor of the University of Kashmir, officials said on Thursday. The order of appointment was issued by Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha in his capacity of being the chancellor of the university. She will be replacing Professor Talat Ahmad, who completed his second tenure as the V-C of the university which began in August 2018.
Given the spike in terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir and threats issued by various terror outfits, the upcoming annual Amarnath Yatra starting June 30 to the cave shrine at 13,000ft in south Kashmir is going to be a litmus test for the government. One of the most revered Hindu pilgrimages in India, the yatra is resuming after two years.
Jammu divisional commissioner Ramesh Kumar along with additional director general of police, Jammu, Mukesh Singh, handed over an appointment letter and ex gratia to the family of Rahul Bhat, a migrant Kashmiri Pandit government employee who was gunned down in the Valley recently. A financial assistance of ₹5 lakh was also handed over to the family. Jammu deputy commissioner Avny Lavasa had also accompanied Kumar.
Following the conviction of banned JKLF chief Yasin Malik by a Delhi court in a terror funding case on Thursday, wife of late Squadron Leader Ravi Khanna, Shalini Khanna, said she was confident of getting justice for Yasin Malik. “Bad deeds lead to bad outcomes,” said the 70-year-old, while demanding Malik be sent to the gallows. Squadron leader Khanna was shot 27 times with an AK assault rifle.
The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Thursday claimed to have solved the Baramulla grenade attack case on a liquor shop with the arrest of four Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists and a terror associate. The police identified the four militants as Shahid Showkat Bala, Safeer Ahmad Mir, Moh Maroof Saleh and Faisal Shaban Gojri, all residents of Baramulla while their associate Hatif Ahmad Sofi was from Arampora.