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Saturday, 18 July 2020

Highest single-day spike in Panchkula

Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 17

In the highest single-day spike in the number of Covid cases, Panchkula district saw 43 persons testing positive for the virus today.

Now, the tally of positive cases in the district has risen to 241. The first case in the district was reported from Khark Mangoli in Old Panchkula on March 21.

How cases progressed

While the district took 97 days to cross the 100-mark, the cases doubled in the next 22 days, which is a worrying trend.

Reasons behind surge

  • For the first time, the cases soared mainly due to heavy inflow of passengers to the district after the Centre announced travel relaxations in early June.
  • Panchkula health officials now attribute the second surge to clusters such as ITBP in Bhanu, CRPF in Pinjore and Ashiana Complex in Sector 19.

Five persons from a family in Maheshpur tested positive for the virus. They are a 76-year-old man, a 70-year-old woman, a 38-year-old woman and two boys, aged 11 and 10. They are the contacts of an already infected person.

A 75-year-old man from the same locality also contracted the infection. As many as 13 ITBP men, aged 26 and 52, were found suffering from the virus. They were under quarantine after returning from their home districts.

Four persons from Marranwala also contracted the infection. They are a 47-year-old man, a 38-year-old woman, a 40-year-old man and a 58-year-old woman. Two men from Kalka, aged 22 and 33, were among found positive. A 37-year-old woman and two girls, aged 18 and 14, from Barwala also contracted the infection.

A 40-year-old man from Sector 9, a 21-year-old woman from Nada Sahib village, a 35-year-old man from Sector 2, a 51-year-old man from Sector 4, a 42-year-old woman from Mansa Devi Complex, Sector 5, a 15-year-old girl and a 41-year-old woman from Sector 26 and a 30-year-old man and a 50-year-old man from Sector 25 were also found suffering from the contagion. Two men, aged 35 and 46, and a 45-year-old woman from the DMER, Sector 16, a 28-year-old man from Chandimandir, a 22-year-old woman from Barwala and a 29-year-old woman from Pinjore were also found infected. Most of the fresh patients are the contacts of already infected persons. Five outsiders also tested positive for Covid-19 today.

from The Tribune

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