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Sunday, 30 August 2020

Panchkula district witnesses first 1,000 cases in 144 days, next in 19

Amit Bathla

Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 29

As the Covid caseload of Panchkula went past the 2,000 mark, the health authorities introduced new measures to prevent the spread of the virus that has taken 19 lives ever since it struck first in the district on March 20 when a woman from Khark Mangoli in Old Panchkula was found infected.

New steps for effective Covid management include an addition of 38 oxygen beds in private hospitals and 48 in the Civil Hospital, Sector 6, door-to-door surveys by ASHA and anganwadi workers to identify persons with influenza-like illness and severe acute respiratory infections (SARI), more RT-PCR and nucleic acid extraction machines to double the testing capacity and deploying more staff at Covid lab, deployment of mobile medical unit in clusters and containment zones and aggressive rapid antigen testing. With the addition of 96 new cases today, Panchkula district's tally reached 2,075.

The district had taken 144 days to cross the 1,000 mark. However, it took only 19 days to cross the 2,000 mark with an average of 56 cases a day. Civil Surgeon Jasjeet Kaur said the district expected to hit the Covid peak in the next few weeks. "The Covid situation in the district (whether it improves or deteriorates) totally depends on the Health Department's efforts and general public's behaviour," she added.

from The Tribune

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