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Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Once hotbed, Malerkotla sees high recoveries

Parvesh Sharma

Tribune News Service

Sangrur, September 1

The efforts of residents have started showing positive results as Malerkotla is fighting back Covid-19. Only three positive cases are left in the block while remaining have got cured. The authorities are taking samples daily as residents have started responding positively to the call for testing.

"We are thankful to local NGOs, religious leaders and others for supporting our campaign and today, we have only three active cases in the Malerkotla block. Initially, the town had maximum number of deaths and cases as residents were unwilling to get themselves tested, but we are hopeful that it will become Covid-free in the coming days," said Ramvir, Deputy Commissioner, Sangrur.

After facing resistance from locals, on July 17, senior officers first paid obeisance at the local Haa Da Nahra Gurdwara, the mosque near Sirhindi Gate and at Hanuman Temple and launched a massive awareness drive in the block, in association with religious and social representatives and volunteers of various organisations.

The administration also deputed 100 prominent personalities from various religions as 'rehnuma' (guides), who have been working in various parts of the block, distributing masks and making the residents aware about preventive measures to contain the spread of the virus and motivate them for testing.

Till date, Malerkotla has seen 374 Covid-positive cases, out of which 352 have been cured, 19 have died while three are still active. The Malerkotla block has two isolation centres, one at Malerkotla for L 2 patients and another at Bhogiwal for L 1 patients.

Vikramjit Singh Panthey, SDM, Malerkotla, said: "Apart from visiting various congested areas, we are also conducting sampling in all industrial units of our area. Though there are many who are still unwilling for testing, our efforts are going on to convince them."



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