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Monday, 14 September 2020

Panchkula tally rising, 1K cases in just 7 days

Amit Bathla

Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 13

With 120 fresh Covid cases reported today, Panchkula's tally stand at 4,110 — crossing the 4,000-mark.

The latest 1,000 cases were recorded in just seven days — the fastest addition to the district tally. After reporting its first case on March 20, the district had taken 144 days to record the first 1,000 cases.

Covid-19 Testing

  • The testing has been enhanced to about 1,400-1,500 tests per day. Most of these are done through rapid antigen kits that give results in 30 minutes.
  • The district has collected 20,085 Covid samples this month so far. Overall, it has collected 52,970 samples.
  • For promoting walk-in sampling, Panchkula now has 21 sampling centres operating from CHCs, PHCs and dispensaries located throughout the district ndash; even in border areas such as Nanakpur.

Recovery rate

With 2,738 patients cured and discharged in Panchkula, the recovery rate of the district now stands at 66.61 per cent.

According to the latest Covid bulletin, Panchkula currently has 1,331 active cases. Panchkula and Rohtak districts together breached the 4,000-mark

in the state after Faridabad, Gurugram, Sonepat, Ambala, Rewari, Panipat, Karnal.

For the past 15 days, cases have been rising at a faster pace in Panchkula. The district recorded the highest single-day spike with 180 cases on Friday.


Even though the district has been able to contain the fatality rate, Covid deaths have more than doubled in the past 13 days. Till August 31, the number of deaths in Panchkula was 20 while the current tally stands at 41 — at least 39 had co-morbidities.

The death of a 14-year-old ndash; the youngest to have died in the district — from Kundi village on September 6 had raised alarm bells among health officials. Underlying medical condition or reason which led to his death wasn't revealed by the Health Department.

As on September 12, Panchkula had 83 critical patients, including 32 at the Civil Hospital.

Contact tracing

With many people giving away wrong phone numbers and incomplete addresses at the time of testing, which eventually affected their tracing and surveillance, the health officials introduced a new plan, wherein those undergoing rapid antigen tests won't be allowed to leave without their reports.

Positivity rate

The worrying aspect of the district is that the positivity rate continues to increase — now it stands at 10.31 per cent. When the district had crossed 2,000 cases (on August 29), the positivity rate was 8.03 per cent. On August 10 (when it crossed the 1,000-mark), it was 4.3 per cent.

Health infrastructure

Even though the Health Department said it was well prepared to handle the surge, there is a risk of district running out of beds.

The Covid beds in the Sector 6 Civil Hospital were mostly fully occupied, said Civil Surgeon Dr Jasjeet Kaur.

The home-isolation facility for asymptomatic patients has kept the burden off the health infrastructure. Till September 5 (when the district had 1,171 active cases), at least 935 patients were under home-isolation ndash; almost 80 per cent.

from The Tribune

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