2 deaths, 18 fresh Covid cases sur­face in Pun­jab

40 FA­TAL­I­TIES SO FAR 49-yr-old RPF jawan, 60-yr-old Am­rit­sar woman lat­est to suc­cumb

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LUDHIANA/AM­RIT­SAR/HOSHIARPUR:: A 49-year-old Railway Pro­tec­tion Force (RPF) jawan and a 60-yearold woman suc­cumbed to Covid-19 in Ludhiana and Am­rit­sar, re­spec­tively, on Thurs­day. Eigh­teen fresh cases were recorded in the state on Thurs­day.

The RPF jawan, Pawan Ku­mar, a res­i­dent Karol Bagh in Ja­land­har, died around noon af­ter he suf­fered a sud­den car­diac ar­rest at Chris­tian Med­i­cal Col­lege and Hos­pi­tal (CMC&H) in Ludhiana. “The RPF jawan was a di­a­betic and had been on oxy­gen sup­port for four days,” Ludhiana civil sur­geon Dr Ra­jesh Bagga said.

Ludhiana deputy com­mis­sioner Pradeep Agrawal said 6,290 sam­ples had been col­lected till May 27, of which 5,811 sam­ples were found neg­a­tive, while the re­ports of 211 are pend­ing.

In Am­rit­sar, a 60-year-old Covid-19 pa­tient of Bu­lara Bhat­tike vil­lage of Baba Bakala tehsil, who had hy­per­ten­sion and was also suf­fer­ing from coro­nary artery dis­ease, passed away at 1.40pm on Thurs­day.

9 MORE TEST POS­I­TIVE IN AM­RIT­SAR

Nine more peo­ple were tested pos­i­tive for the virus in Am­rit­sar district on Thurs­day, health of­fi­cials said.

“Among the fresh pa­tients are a staff nurse, two class-four fe­male em­ploy­ees and a can­teen­worker of a pri­vate hos­pi­tal who came in con­tact of a Covid-19 pa­tient . Also, two fam­ily mem­bers of the woman pa­tient were also tested pos­i­tive for the dis­ease,” said Am­rit­sar civil sur­geon Dr Ju­gal Kishore.

FOUR TEST POS­I­TIVE IN HOSHIARPUR

Four con­tacts of a 37-year-old man of Nan­gli Jalalpur vil­lage who suc­cumbed to Covid-19 on

May 17 have tested pos­i­tive for the dis­ease.

So far, 17 con­tacts of the man have tested pos­i­tive. Re­ports of sev­eral oth­ers are awaited. The num­ber of cases in Hoshiarpur district has reached 115.

3 CASES IN SANGRUR

Days af­ter an ac­cred­ited so­cial health ac­tivist (ASHA worker), tested pos­i­tive for coro­n­avirus in Malerkotla town, her two con­tacts, in­clud­ing her 19-year-old daugh­ter and a seven-day-old baby girl were re­ported pos­i­tive on Thurs­day. Also, a man with in­ter-state travel his­tory was tested pos­i­tive.

Se­nior med­i­cal of­fi­cer (SMO) at Malerkotla’s govern­ment hos­pi­tal Dr Jaswinder Singh said ASHA worker had as­sisted a mi­grant woman’s de­liv­ery whose new­born was tested pos­i­tive but the woman was found neg­a­tive.

2 KUWAIT-RETURNEES TEST POS­I­TIVE IN MOGA

Two per­sons, who re­turned to Moga from Kuwait last week and were lodged in a quar­an­tine fa­cil­ity, tested pos­i­tive for the coro­n­avirus on Thurs­day.

Moga civil sur­geon Dr An­desh Kang said this is the first in­stance of for­eign-returnees found in­fected with Covid-19 in the district. “One per­son be­longs to Bhin­der Kalan vil­lage, while other is from Baudey vil­lage.”

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