With 14 new cases, Covid-19 count doubles in four days in Chandigarh
The spike is being attributed to two pockets, Sector 30 and Bapudham Colony in Sector 26, both of which account for 50% of the city’s casesUpdated: Apr 29, 2020 00:08 IST
In the biggest single-day spike in Chandigarh, the number of Covid-19 cases surged to 59 with 14 new patients confirmed positive on Tuesday.
With this, the total count has more than doubled in four days from 28 on April 25 to 59 on April 28. The number of active cases is 42. The spike is being attributed to two pockets, Bapu Dham Colony in Sector 26 and Sector 30, both of which account for 50% of the city’s cases.
The new cases include five family members of a 38-year-old man from Bapu Dham Colony who tested positive on Monday and was a contact of the 30-year-old operation theatre (OT) attendant of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, who triggered the spike. His wife, aged 36, three daughters aged 18, 16 and 13, and son, aged 10, are now infected.
Another 47-year-old woman, 24-year-old man and 15-year-old boy from the same locality have also tested positive. A 33 -year-old man from Sector 33B — also part of the same chain of transmission — has also been found infected.
SECTOR-30 CASES IDENTIFIED DURING SURVEY
The remaining five cases, reported from Sector 30, were identified during the health department’s house-to-house survey. They include a woman, aged 53, and a man, aged 62, from one household in Sector 30B. The other three are women aged 23, 27 and 35, from three different households. They have 28 contacts who have also been sampled with test results are awaited.
Meanwhile, family members of the two doctors from GMCH-32 have tested negative. Both the doctors, residents of sector 49 and 21, were tested positive on Monday.
The chain of transmission starting from the 30-year-old GMCH-32 employee who tested positive last Friday has infected 23 people till now. It includes at least five members of his family, six healthcare workers in GMCH-32 besides other community contacts in the congested Bapu Dham Colony. Surprisingly, the source of infection still remains a mystery.
Sector 30 is another worry for health authorities with one in every four cases reported in Chandigarh since March 18 from that area. While the source of infection of only two cases reported in early April has been traced, what is worrisome is that the new cases are scattered around the locality with no definite source identified.
Devinder Singh Babla, area councillor of Sector 30, has also written to the Chandigarh administrator, VPS Badnore stating that one common pattern amongst new cases reported today was their regular visits for checkups to GMCH-32.
Hindustan Times has not been able to verify the claim.
He also requested that more than 5,000 people living in the Sector-30 EWS Colony be screened.