Punjab’s Patiala district sees steepest single-day spike of 45 new Covid-19 cases
Civil surgeon says inter-state travellers turning out to be major source of infection; district coronavirus count climbs to 484Updated: Jul 09, 2020 16:01 IST
Patiala: In its steepest single-day spike, Patiala district reported 45 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday.
Patiala civil surgeon Dr Harish Malhotra said of the total cases, 35 patients are from Patiala city itself, three from Samana, six from villages across the district and one from Rajpura.
Twenty of the 45 people tested positive during contact tracing of coronavirus patients. Two of the positive patients are undertrials in jail, four are pregnant women, five are inter-state travellers and three are nursing staff members of the local Government Rajindra Hospital. With this, the district’s coronavirus case count has gone up to 484.
FEAR OF QUARANTINE MAKES
VISITORS HIDE TRAVEL HISTORY
The civil surgeon said: “Inter-state travellers coming from Delhi and Haryana are turning out to be the main reason behind spike in Patiala district. People coming from these states are not informing health authorities about their visit. The fear of being quarantined makes visitors hide their travel details. Some turn violent and abuse health workers when they are identified.”
Dr Malhotra said though vigil has been stepped up at inter-state borders but frequent travellers sneak in through link roads.
A health department official admitted that more than 60% of cases are of inter-state travellers and their contacts. The cases started increasing after the lockdown restrictions were relaxed by the Centre.
The Punjab government has started e-registration of inter-state travellers from July 7. Patiala senior superintendent of police Mandeep Singh Sidhu said check-posts have put up at Shambhu on the national highway and other points in Samana, Patran and Ghanaur.
“We are not letting any visitor to enter Punjab without e-registration on COVA app. Even transit vehicles and transport vehicles are covered under this process,” he said.
SANGRUR MAN DIES COVID-19, 14 TEST POSITIVE
In neighbouring Sangrur district, 14 people tested positive on Thursday, while a 59-year-old resident of Ahmedgarh town succumbed to Covid-19 at a private hospital in Ludhiana on Wednesday.
Health department officials said the patient was suffering from fever, cough and breathlessness. With his death, the toll of Covid-19 patients from Sangrur district has reached 17.
Of the 14 positive cases reported on Thursday, five are from Amargarh block and are all contacts of coronavirus patients; four are from Sangrur, comprising two contact cases, a police personnel and a prisoner; two are from Fatehgarh Panjgrain, and one each prisoner from Malerkotla and Dhuri; and one resident of Dirba.
Sangrur district has reported 607 Covid-19 patients so far with 131 active cases.
(With inputs by Avtar Singh)