Two deaths, 18 fresh cases in Punjab

Updated on May 16, 2020 11:34 PM IST

Two positive patients of Gurdaspur district, Pyara Singh (84) and Balwinder Singh (82), died on Saturday at CMCH, Ludhiana

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Hindustan Times, Punjab | ByHT Correspondents, Faridkot/moga/kapurthala/jalandhar/amritsar/ludhiana

Punjab on Saturday reported two fresh deaths due to coronavirus.

Ludhiana civil surgeon Dr Rajesh Bagga said two positive patients of Gurdaspur district, Pyara Singh (84) and Balwinder Singh (82), died on Saturday at CMCH, Ludhiana. With this the state so far has witnessed 34 Covid-19 deaths.

Eighteen more persons, including three, who returned from Takht Hazur Sahib in Maharashtra’s Nanded, tested positive for Covid-19 in the state on Saturday, taking the state’s tally to 2,023.

In Moga, two Nanded-returnees tested positive for the novel coronavirus, taking the district count to 60. One of the positive persons is a resident of Ghaloti village in Kot Ise Khan, while the other is a resident of Moga.

Civil surgeon Dr Andesh Kang said both the patients had been admitted to the isolation ward of the civil hospital. “The patients were already in a quarantine centre and are asymptomatic,” Dr Kang said.

In Faridkot, four persons including a 40-year-old truck driver, who had returned from Jammu, tested positive for Covid-19, taking the district tally to 56.

Civil surgeon Dr Rajinder Kumar said among infected persons is a truck driver, who returned to his village from Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) on May 12. “One is Nanded-returnee while the other two are labourers who returned from other states,’ he said.

“As per the protocol, samples of the truck driver were collected on the same day, which came out to be positive. The patients have been admitted to the isolation wards of Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital in Faridkot. The Nanded returnee and labourers were already kept in a quarantine facility. However, we are tracing the contacts of the truck driver, while his family members were home quarantined,” he said.


Five people, including four who returned from Dubai tested positive for coronavirus in Kapurthala district on Saturday. They are in the age group of 25 to 50 years.

Civil surgeon Dr Jasmit Kaur Bawa said that the Dubai-returned are kept in an isolated ward of a private college.

The district has so far 30 cases, including two deaths. Two people have been cured of the virus.


Three fresh cases of novel coronavirus were reported in Jalandhar on Saturday. With this, the district has reported 211 positive cases so far of which 139 have recovered. Six persons have succumbed to the virus in the district to date.

The new patients include 24-years-old man of Greater Kailash area in Jalandhar, a 45-year-old man of Ishar Colony and 52-year-old woman of Bhogpur.

Health officials said a total of 5,670 samples of suspected patients have been collected of which 5,013 tested negative while results 269 samples are still awaited.


Two fresh cases of Covid-19 were reported in Ludhiana taking the district’s count to 148.

Among the fresh cases is a 19-year-old employee of a tyre-manufacturing unit in the Focal Point area. He is a resident of Deep colony in Kanganwal area. With this, 11 employees of Hindustan Tyres have tested positive to date.

The other patient is a resident of Basant Vihar at Noorwala road. The patient was undergoing treatment at Mohan Dai Oswal Cancer hospital when his sample was taken by the hospital.


A 36-year-old man, who returned from Mumbai a few days ago, tested positive for Covid-19 in Amritsar on Saturday. He complained of fever and cold during home quarantine. He is now admitted in isolation ward of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH). Health department has also taken samples of his contacts and their reports will come soon”, said Civil Surgeon Dr Jugal Kishore.

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