Patiala district reports 39 cases, highest single-day peak in 12 days: The Tribune India

Tribune press service

Patiala, December 30

A sudden surge in Covid-19 cases is worrying the district administration and health ministry officials after the latter today reported 39 new cases. Cases more than doubled in a single day. Meanwhile, authorities in Patiala have declared a Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology hostel as a containment zone after 15 cases were reported on campus within days. Health officials have said they are witnessing a high rate of transmission and have demanded that people adhere to safety standards. A total of 39 cases of Covid-19 were reported in the district on Thursday. Among the positive cases, the city of Patiala reported 27 cases, followed by Nabha, Rajpura, Kauli (three each) and one each from Shutrana, Harpalpur and Dudan Sadan.

Civilian surgeon Dr Prince Sodhi said officials were witnessing a sudden increase in the number of cases. “There are 94 active cases in the district. People must strictly follow Covid protocols, including wearing masks and following social distancing standards and washing their hands multiple times throughout the day. People should also refrain from going to crowded places, ”he said.

Health officials said a total of 15 cases had been reported to the Thapar Institute in the past two days. Epidemiologist Dr Sumit said: “As of Thursday alone, 10 cases were reported to Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology (TIET) after conducting contact tracing activities on campus. The campus has been transformed into a containment zone. The entry and exit of students from the campus hostel in particular will now be monitored for the next 15 days. “

He said, “There is a high risk of transmission. People should follow the standards.

TIET Registrar Gurbinder Singh said: “We had a meeting with the administration. People infected with Covid-19 have been isolated. All students at the hostel in question are required to provide details of their addresses and contact numbers if they intend to leave campus. About 400 students reside at the hostel. Their session exams are continuing.

Health officials said a total of 3,258 people had entered the district so far, of which 395 were from high-risk countries. “Of these, 211 have been tested eight days after their return and so far only two have been identified as positive for Covid-19,” officials said. Officials also collected 1,307 samples for Covid testing on Thursday.

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