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With 7-time jump in daily Covid deaths, Punjab among ‘states of concern’, says Health Ministry

As per the detailed data analysis released by the ministry Tuesday, the average daily cases in Punjab have shot up from just 240 cases (February 10 to 16) to 2,793 cases (March 31 to April 6).

By: Express News Service | Ludhiana |
Updated: April 7, 2021 9:21:57 am
With 7-time jump in daily Covid deaths, Punjab among ‘states of concern’, says Union ministryThe daily average deaths in Punjab due to Covid have witnessed almost seven-time jump. (Express Photo by Kamleshwar Singh)

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoH&FW) Tuesday said that Punjab was among 11 states/UTs apart from Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh, where a continuous surge in daily Covid cases and deaths was being reported.

As per the detailed data analysis released by the ministry Tuesday, the average daily cases in Punjab have shot up from just 240 cases (February 10 to 16) to 2,793 cases (March 31 to April 6).

Similarly, the daily average deaths in Punjab due to Covid have witnessed almost seven-time jump.

From eight deaths a day on average (from February 10 to 16), the fatalities due to Covid have increased to 58 deaths a day (March 31 to April 6), as per the data released by the Union Ministry.

The weekly positivity rate in Punjab has also shot up from just 1.30 per cent (Feb 10 to 16) to 8.75 per cent (March 31-April 6), says the Ministry.

On Monday, the ministry said that it has rushed two-member multidisciplinary, public health teams in nine districts of Punjab (one team for each district) to assist local state health authorities in COVID-19 management. The nine districts where these teams have been deployed are: Amritsar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Rupnagar (Ropar), SAS Nagar (Mohali), Jalandhar, SBS Nagar (Nawanshahr), Kapurthala and Hoshiarpur.

These districts have been reporting maximum daily cases and deaths in Punjab with all four Doaba districts (Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, SBS Nagar & Kapurthala) emerging as COVID hotspots in the second wave which started in Punjab in February last week. The first wave was witnessed in August-October last year.

2,924 fresh cases, 62 more deaths

Punjab recorded 62 Covid deaths and added 2,924 fresh cases in the past 24 hours, as per the state bulletin, Tuesday.

With 62 fresh deaths Tuesday, the toll in Punjab due to Covid reached 7,216. As per the district-wise break-up of 62 deaths, a maximum of nine died in Amritsar, seven in Hoshiarpur, six in Jalandhar, five each in Gurdaspur, Ludhiana, SAS Nagar and Kapurthala, four in Patiala, three each in SBS Nagar and Tarn Taran, two each in Bathinda and Muktsar and one each in Sangrur, Ropar, Barnala, Ferozepur, Faridkot and Fazilka.

Total infections in the state reached 2,57,057 and total active cases in Punjab are 25,913.

The maximum fresh cases Tuesday were recorded in SAS Nagar (521), Ludhiana (401), Jalandhar (307) and Patiala (290).

While 29 patients in Punjab are on ‘critical and on ventilator support’, 357 are on oxygen support.

The maximum active cases are in SAS Nagar district (4,280), followed by Amritsar (3,213), Jalandhar (3,124) and Ludhiana (2,876).

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