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222 cases in Panchkula, highest since last Covid peak in September 2020

While the caseloads remain high, the number of deaths as opposed to the cases have remained low in the district.

Written by Pallavi Singhal | Panchkula |
Updated: March 27, 2021 10:25:32 am
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Panchkula Friday reported as many as 222 positive cases- its highest single day caseload since the district battled its first covid peak in September last year when 251 cases were reported positive on September 18. Another covid related death was also reported in the district on Friday.

A 64 year old woman, resident of Pinjore who was suffering from hypertension and heart disease succumbed to the virus today.

The district had last witnessed the total number of cases reaching above 200 in September on atleast four days when 219 cases were reported on September 15, 242 on September 17, 251 on September 18 and 243 on September 22.

While the caseloads remain high, the number of deaths as opposed to the cases have remained low in the district– which can be attributed to the vaccination program open for the co-morbid and elderly.

The district reported above 200 cases today, while it had been reporting above 100 for the nine past consecutive days.

With a rise in cases being reported, the active case tally, which had stood under 100 in the month of January, has been reporting more than 100 cases for the past three weeks and more than 200 in the first week of March, crossed the 300 mark on March 10 and 400 mark on March 16. Drastically growing it stood at 859 on Friday. The recovery rate dropped down to 91.8 percent.

CMO Panchkula, Dr Jasjeet Kaur showing concern has requested residents to be responsible. She said, ” With 1000 plus active cases today, people of panchkula should be concerned and adopt all possible prevention during holi festival. If surge continues in this way, we will be stretching existing health infrastructure to a point that activities for breaking chain of transmission are compromised. Parallel Management of COVID and vaccination drive is a challenge in itself. I appeal to residents to be responsible and wear masks, maintain appropriate social distancing and sanitize hands regularly. Otherwise post Holi we will simply not be in a position to check the transmission.”

Meanwhile, as many as 11,416 have also been cured and discharged in the district. A total of 189 healthcare workers have yet been infected in Panchkula as yet. Five of these healthcare workers were infected on Friday.

12,427 positive cases have yet been reported in the district with an added 4039 persons testing positive from other districts as well. As many as 152 have also succumbed to the disease in the district. One covid related death was reported in the district today.

The district has yet conducted 209,882 tests as yet. As many as 1854 of these were conducted only Thursday. The numbers of sampling have also seen a steep rise over the month of March, just as the cases started to see a rise.

District issues new orders for surveillance

As many as 13 Containment Zones and 12 Surveillance Zones have been created in the district where high caseloads have been detected. In a review meeting by DC Panchkula, Mukesh Kumar Ahuja ordered all the Incident Commanders to coordinate with the teams of Health Department and Police Department to ensure maximum surveillance in these areas.

Ahuja has stressed that the pandemic not be taken lightly, so as to ensure a situation like last year does not arise. He said that this time the covid strain is more dangerous than before because it is infecting senior citizens as well as children and youth.

Areas where 10 or more active cases of corona have been found have been declared as containment zones while those areas with less than 10 active cases have been declared as surveillance zones.

Despite the district conducting an average 1500 covid tests per day, Ahuja has emphasized that the sampling be further increased to 2500-3000 per day. He instructed the Incident Commanders to ensure maximum sampling of people living in sensitive places such as temporary settlements and slums through mobile units.

People are also being motivated to get vaccinated in greater numbers.

Instructions have also being given to crowded places like marriage palace, banquet halls, community centers, temples et al to ensure that no program be organized without permission. On disobeying orders, action will be taken against the owner and the organizer.

He directed all the Incident Commanders and Police Department teams to increasingly challan those found defaulting on following covid protocols. He said that the municipal teams would look into lifting the biomedical waste in the containment zones as well as see if the Covid-19 infected persons were following quarantine measures.

Vaccination in Panchkula

Meanwhile Panchkula on Friday vaccinated a total of 2263 persons. Those vaccinated were citizens, frontline and healthcare workers.

As many as 1976 citizens, along with 111 healthcare workers including 64 who received the first dose, and 47 who received the second dose were given vaccinations. 176 frontline workers were also vaccinated today.

As many as 52585 vaccinations including 9085 healthcare workers, 11062 frontline workers and 32,438 citizens have yet been given the vaccine.

The vaccination took place at as many as 27 sites including 16 government sites and 11 private hospitals of the district.

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