Coronavirus cases in Chandigarh’s tricity area rise from one to 10 in four days
One among the three people who tested +ve on Saturday came in contact with tricity’s first patient; Panchkula’s first case confirmed; salon employee was visited by Chandigarh patient after return from UKUpdated: Mar 22, 2020 01:17 IST
Three fresh positive cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) were reported in Mohali, even as Panchkula also confirmed its first case on Saturday morning, taking the tricity count to 10. There was no new case in Chandigarh.
Among the fresh cases is a woman from Mohali’s Phase 5, who works for the father of Chandigarh’s first coronavirus patient, the 23-year-old woman resident of Sector 21.
The 25-year-old woman had accompanied the patient’s mother and driver to pick her from the Amritsar airport on her return from London on March 15. She is in isolation and stable at the civil hospital in Phase 6, Mohali.
A 38-year-old woman, who worked at a beauty salon in Sector 20, Chandigarh, that the Sector 21 woman visited on her return from London, has also tested positive.
The woman is a resident of Kharak Mangoli village in Old Panchkula adjoining Sector 1. Her son has tested negative, while the result of her husband’s sample is awaited. She has been kept in isolation at the civil hospital in Sector 6, Panchkula. The salon that she works at operates from a residential building.
On Friday, the mother, brother and cook of the Sector 21 woman had also tested positive. So, far five people have contracted infection from her.
As soon as reports of Panchkula’s first confirmed case surfaced on Saturday morning, panic gripped Kharak Mangoli village. Police arrived and cordoned off the locality, appealing residents to stay indoors, while the health department initiated sanitisation.
A team of health department doctors visited door to door with thermal sensors, and an ambulance took patients with symptoms to the hospital.
NRI WOMAN’S SISTER TESTS POSITIVE
A day after a 69-year-old non-resident Indian (NRI) woman who was visiting Mohali from the United Kingdom (UK) tested positive for coronavirus, her sister, who is 73 years old and had accompanied her from the UK, also tested positive. They stayed at Phase 3A and are now admitted to Fortis Hospital, Mohali.
A 42-year-old resident of Sector 69, Mohali, who also flew back from the UK and got admitted at Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, Chandigarh, has tested positive. His condition is stable, and his family is under quarantine.
Mohali civil surgeon Dr Manjit Singh confirmed the reports and said the two elderly sisters who were positive had been shifted to Fortis Hospital, Mohali, from the civil hospital on their request. Their condition is improving.
“We have quarantined 120 persons in Mohali who came in direct or indirect contact of the persons testing positive. They are being monitored,” said Girish Dayalan, deputy commissioner, Mohali.
PHASE 5 RESIDENT’S COLLEAGUES QUARANTINED
The Phase 5 resident had been regularly going to work at an automobile company in Phase 7 Industrial Area, Mohali, after she picked up the Sector 21 resident from the Amritsar airport on March 15 (Sunday).
The Chandigarh resident’s mother had taken the Mohali woman along to pick up her daughter, and the three women had returned in the same vehicle with a family driver.
“About 45 employees who work at her firm have been scanned, stamped and put under home quarantine for the next 14 days,” Dayalan said.
Two women – aged 75 and 55, both residents of Phase 5, who also came in contact with the positive patient, have been kept in isolation in Kharar civil hospital. Their samples have been sent for testing.