1,516 fresh cases, 43 deaths in state

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - Htpunjab - HT Cor­re­spon­dents

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.


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.


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.

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