Covid count climbs to 3K in UT as 114 test pos­i­tive

1,350 cases ac­tive 159 days af­ter first in­fec­tion had sur­faced

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - Htregion - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

CHANDIGARH:WITH 114 peo­ple test­ing pos­i­tive for Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, Chandigarh’s tally on Mon­day crossed the 3,000 mark. It has taken the Union Ter­ri­tory 159 days to reach this grim mile­stone, af­ter the first case sur­faced on March 18.

The num­ber of con­firmed cases has climbed to 3,035, of which 1,350 re­main ac­tive.

The day also wit­nessed record re­cov­er­ies as 154 pa­tients were dis­charged from var­i­ous health fa­cil­i­ties. The to­tal num­ber of cured pa­tients has reached 1,646, while 37 have suc­cumbed so far.

Chandigarh has wit­nessed the steep­est spike in the month of Au­gust with over 2,000 cases re­ported so far. The num­ber stood at 1,015 at the turn of the month. It has taken just eight days to add the lat­est 1,000 cases.

Among the ac­tive cases, while 800 peo­ple are in home iso­la­tion, other are ei­ther hos­pi­talised or in quar­an­tine fa­cil­i­ties.


See­ing no let-up, the UT ad­min­is­tra­tion on Mon­day ex­tended the odd-even rule in 12 congested mar­kets of the city up to Septem­ber 3.

The move comes even as traders have been protest­ing the re­stric­tions, in­clud­ing the week­end lock­down that was im­posed on Au­gust 22.

It was on Au­gust 8 that the odd-even sys­tem for open­ing shops was rein­tro­duced in 10 congested mar­kets, be­sides the in­ter­nal mar­ket of Sec­tor 8 that houses var­i­ous eater­ies. Later, the or­der was ex­tended to the elec­tron­ics mar­ket of Sec­tor 18.

The other 10 mar­kets are Pa­tel Mar­ket in Sec­tor 15, Pa­lika Bazaar and Sadar Mar­ket in Sec­tor 19, Azad Mar­ket and Palace Mar­ket in Sec­tor 20, Booth Mar­ket in Sec­tor 21, Shas­tri Mar­ket in Sec­tor 22, Janta Mar­ket in Sec­tor

27, Kr­ishna Mar­ket in Sec­tor 41 and the mar­ket area near the PNB Bank/bi­hari Gar­ment, Bu­rail Chowk.

Mean­while, the base­ments of seven shops in the Sec­tor-22 mo­bile mar­ket will also con­tinue to re­main closed while the scooter mar­ket of Sec­tor 43 will not open on Sun­days.

Chandigarh Beopar Man­dal chair­man Cha­ran­jiv Singh said: “It is un­fea­si­ble for mar­kets to open for just two to three times a week. Non-es­sen­tial busi­nesses will die like this. We urge the ad­min­is­tra­tion to re­con­sider the de­ci­sion.”

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