Punjab adds 340 new coronavirus cases, nine deaths to tally

Punjab’s coronavirus numbers continues to spike with the state reporting 340 new COVID-19 cases and nine deaths—developments that take the state’s infection tally past 8,511 with 213 deaths.

Seven districts—Ludhiana (80), Jalandhar (80), Patiala (51), SAS Nagar (26), Amritsar (22), Sangrur (20) and Faridkot (12)—reported a double-digit rise in infections on Monday, Punjab’s COVID bulletin shows.

Cases continue to pile on alarmingly in both Ludhiana and Jalandhar.

Thirty-three of Ludhiana’s 80 cases were contacts of older cases. Nineteen were classified as ILI (influenza-like illness), 14 were OPD cases, five as ANC, four were healthcare workers, two were domestic travellers, one was a policeman and two were jail inmates.

Ludhiana also accounted for three of nine deaths reported on Tuesday.

Jalandhar’s 80, 13 were classified as new cases—meaning cases without known contact or travel history—and three were contacts of previously diagnosed cases.

Sangrur and SAS Nagar both reported two deaths. Amritsar reported one. Failka reported its first death from coronavirus.

Patiala’s cases also continue to surge— the district reported 51 new COVID-19 cases on Monday.

Thirty-five of Patiala’s 51 were contacts of older cases and 15 were classified as new cases.

District officials however put the district’s coronavirus numbers at 78. It is common to find some disparities in the district and state numbers—differences that are primarily on account of cases being reported after the state numbers have been compiled.

Patiala’s cases have been rising alarmingly since the beginning of July. The district now has 723 cases—more than twice the 329 infections it had on June 30.

Of SAS Nagar’s 26, 17 were contacts, five were categorised as ILI, two as new cases and two were domestic travellers.

Of Amritsar’s 26, 14 were contacts of previously diagnosed cases, four were classified as ILI, three as new cases and the last patient recently returned from abroad.

In Sangrur, four policemen were among those testing positive.

Faridkot reported 12 new cases, all of them contacts of diagnosed cases.

Six doctors tested positive in the district, although these have not been added to the state tally yet.

Besides, Gurdaspur (1),Pathankot (1), Tarn Taran (2), Hoshiarpur (3), SBS Nagar (9), Ferozepur (4), Fatehgarh Sahib (7), Moga (1), Kapurthala (6), Bathinda (1), Ropar (9), Fazika (4) and Mansa (1) also reported new cases.

Ropar had three doctors testing positive, but these have not yet been added to the state tally.

District-wise breakup of cases now stands thus: Ludhiana (1520), Jalandhar (1345), Amritsar (1109), Sangrur (667), Patiala (723), SAS Nagar (442), Gurdaspur (291), Pathankot (256), SBS Nagar (233), Tarn Taran (219), Hoshiarpur (204), Fatehgarh Sahib (173), Ferozepur (165), Muktsar (153), Faridkot (169), Bathinda (151), Moga (152), Kapurthala (141), Ropar (141), and Fazilka (112), Barnala (77), and Mansa (64) all reported new cases.

Death toll stands thus: Ludhiana (34*), Jalandhar (28), Amritsar (56*), Sangrur (21*), Patiala (12), Gurdaspur (8), Pathankot (8), SAS Nagar (9*), Hoshiarpur (7), Tarn Taran (5), Kapurthala (6), Bathinda (4), Moga (4), Ferozepur (3), Fatehgarh Sahib (2), Muktsar (1), Barnala (2), SBS Nagar (1), Fazilka (1)* and Ropar (1).

Punjab’s cases have been seeing a steady rise since the beginning of June. Seventy-three percent of Punjab’s 8,511 cases have been recorded since the beginning of June.

July alone has seen 2,943 cases being added to Punjab’s tally—about 34 per cent of its total cases.

Death toll has also similarly risen—the state has recorded 69 new deaths since the beginning of July.