Another four deaths were reported from Punjab, taking the total death count in the state to 199 on Sunday.
There were 234 new cases in the state, driving up the total tally of people testing for novel coronavirus to 7,821.
The districts which reported deaths were Amritsar (men aged 42 and 50), Pathankot (84-year-old man) and Sangrur (91-year-old woman).
Of the fresh positive cases, 60 were from Ludhiana, 36 from Jalandhar and 23 each from Mohali and Nawanshahr.
Three policemen, two from Ludhiana rural and one from city police, tested positive. Two Assistant Sub-Inspectors (ASIs) aged 40 and 51, both posted at Mullanpur Dakha police station of Ludhiana rural, tested positive, taking the total number of infected policemen from this police station to 10. A 50-year-old Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) posted with CIA-1 staff of Ludhiana city police tested positive. He is a native of Gurdaspur and lives in Police Colony, Jamalpur, of Ludhiana. All of them are asymptomatic.
And a man who was arrested by Moga police and had tested positive for the novel coronavirus fled from the isolation ward of government Community Health Centre (CHC) in Baghapurana. Police registered an FIR against the absconding accused and four police officers. The man was booked in an FIR registered at Moga city-1 police station under sections 498A, 406 and 494 of IPC and was arrested by Moga police from Faridkot. After his arrest, he had tested positive on July 7.
Sub-Inspector Haramanjit Singh, SHO Baghapurana police station, said that according to the health centre staff, the accused was in the isolation ward around 5 pm when he was served tea but half an hour later, he was missing.
“The accused broke a window in the ward and fled. The booked cops are absconding,” said SHO.
The four policemen who were booked are — two assistant sub-inspectors (ASIs) Lakhvir Singh, Hardeep Das and two constables Harvinder Kumar and Gagandeep Singh, at Baghapurana police station under sections 223 (escape from confinement or custody negligently suffered by public servant), 224 (resistance or obstruction by a person to his lawful apprehension) of IPC and other sections of Disaster Management Act, on the complaint of a health staffer.
The other districts which reported new cases were Amritsar (22), Patiala (21), Sangrur and Bathinda (12 each), Mansa (six), Ropar (four), Pathankot, Hoshiarpur, Muktsar, Ferozepur, Fatehgarh Sahib and Kapurthala (two each) and Gurdaspur, Tarn Taran and Faridkot (one each).
As per the official media bulletin, 5,392 patients have been discharged and there are 2,230 active cases, 59 of them on oxygen support and nine on ventilator support.
Amritsar has reported maximum COVID-19 deaths (53), followed by Ludhiana (31) and Jalandhar (25). Ludhiana has reported maximum cases of infection (1,376), followed by Jalandhar (1,223) and Amritsar (1,062).
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