15 new cases of the disease, highest so far in a day reported
The graph of the contagion of the Covid-19 in Uttarakhand has hit the upward curve with 15 new patients of the disease coming to fore on Tuesday. These cases caused a spike in the number of patients of the disease as the Covid-19 count reached 111 on the day.
On Tuesday seven patients of the disease were reported from Nainital district while three were found in Udham Singh Nagar district. Two patients each were reported from Bageshwar and Pauri districts while one patient was found in Chamoli district. What is causing anxiety to the health experts is the fact that Bageshwar and Chamoli (both mountainous districts) had no case of the disease till Tuesday.
In Nainital district, three females ( 50, 31 and 21 years) and four males ( 22, 19,14 and 11 years) were reported positive by the health department on Tuesday. While five of these patients are returnees, two have contracted the disease from the returnees.
In Pauri, a 19 year old youth of Nainidanda block who had recently returned from Delhi was found positive. In another case in the district, a 25 year old male having travel history from Gurugram was reported positive. In Bageshwar district, two males (35 and 20 years) were reported positive.
In Udham Singh Nagar, a 45 year old male, one 13 year old boy and 19 year old female, all returnees were reported positive. In Chamoli, a 32 year old male patient from Gairsain was reported on the day.
The spurt in the cases of the disease brought down the recovery rate to 50 per cent on Tuesday. Incidentally the rate was about 67 per cent few days ago.
The additional secretary, state health department, Yugal Kishore Pant said reports of 415 samples were found negative for the disease on Tuesday while 15 were found positive. He added that reports of 1456 samples are still awaited by the department. On Tuesday, a total of 792 samples were collected for Covid -19 testing. The authorities have so far taken swab samples of 14691 suspected patients for Covid-19 test. Out of the total samples taken, 0.84 per cent samples have been found positive for the disease. A total of 1522837 people have so far downloaded the ‘Aarogya Setu App’ on their smart phones. The doubling rate of Covid-19 in last seven days is 12 days.
The state now has 58 active cases in the state with Dehradun and Udham Singh Nagar districts at top of the table with 18 active cases each while Nainital has 13 cases. Pauri has three active cases while Uttarkashi and Bageshwar districts have two active cases each. Almora and Chamoli have one active case each.
Migrants changing Covid landscape of U’khand
Pauri, Uttarkashi and Almora turn Orange, Haridwar goes green
By taking the virus to the areas which were only few days ago were free from the contagion of the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19), the returning migrants are changing the geographical distribution of the disease in Uttarakhand. Pauri, Uttarkashi and Almora districts which were in green zone for Covid-19 were put in the orange zone on Tuesday among worst affected Dehradun, Udham Singh Nagar and Nainital districts. On the other hand, Haridwar district which was in red zone till May 18 and was transferred to Orange zone on Monday is now in green zone with districts like Tehri, Rudraprayag, Chamoli, Pithoragarh, Bageshwar and Champawat districts. Incidentally Haridwar has reported no new case of the disease from last 31 days.
Pool testing starts in State
After much deliberation, the state health department has started the pool testing technique for sample testing of Covid-19 in the state. On the day, the lab of the Government Doon Medical College (GDMC) started employing this technique and probably from tomorrow the lab of medical college Haldwani would also switch over to this technique in an effort to increase its sample testing capacity. The additional director state health department, Yugal Kishore Pant confirmed that the pool testing technique has started.
The health department hopes that the technique would help in increasing the testing capabilities from existing 500 per day to 2000. In the Pool technique, the samples of five persons are mixed together and then the test is done. If this test is found positive then tests of all the five is done, otherwise test of other pool of five is done.
Wednesday, 20 May 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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