1,516 fresh cases, 43 deaths in state
CHANDIGARH/LUDHIANA/AMRITSAR/ JALANDHAR/PATIALA : Forty-three fresh novel coronavirus deaths in Punjab took the toll to 1,129 on Monday, while the tally rose to 43,284 with 1,516 new cases, the health department’s daily bulletin said. Ludhiana district against took the lead in the fatalities with 11 patients succumbing to the virus, while Mohali added the most (251) patients in the state’s tally.
There are 13,798 active cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and 1,829 more patients were discharged, taking the recoveries to 28,357, according to the health bulletin.
Eleven deaths were reported from Ludhiana, eight from Mohali, six from Jalandhar, four from Gurdaspur, three each from Kapurthala, Mansa and Patiala, and one from Amritsar, Fatehgarh Sahib, Fazilka, SBS Nagar and Sangrur, the health bulletin said.
Among the districts that reported new cases are Mohali (251), Jalandhar (184), Gurdaspur (142), Patiala (140), Bathinda (125), Amritsar (108), Ludhiana (72) and Muktsar (60).
Fifty-one critical patients are on ventilator support, while 414 are on oxygen support, the bulletin said.
With a collection of 12,454 more samples, the total number of tests rose to 9,19,614, it said.
PHOTOJOURNALIST DIES IN PATIALA
A 27-year-old Patiala-based photojournalist Jaideep Bansal died due to coronavirus on Sunday late evening. Jaideep worked for a vernacular daily and was admitted at Rajindra hospital after being tested positive on August 17. He was put on ventilator support in the hospital’s ICU on August 20. Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh, CM’S media advisor Raveen Thukral and SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal extended their condolences to the aggrieved family.
11 IN BADAL SECURITY +VE, VILLAGE A MACRO CONTAINMENT ZONE
Badal village in Muktsar district was declared a ‘macro containment zone’ after 11 of Shiromani Akali Dal patriarch Parkash Singh Badal’s security men tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday.
Strict restrictions will be in place for 10 days following the development.
Six others, including police and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel tested positive on Saturday, following which the Badal’s residence in the village was declared a micro containment zone.
Restrictions in the village kicked in after Monday’s cases took the count to more than 15.
No one from the Badal family been tested for Covid yet.