The week ending May 16 witnessed highest number of cases of the disease in the state
The migrant triggered spike in the Covid-19 contagion in Uttarakhand has worried the health experts. In last eight days, 26 patients of the disease have surfaced and all of them have been reported from among those who have returned to the state from other parts of the country.
An analysis of the Covid- 19 data also shows that the week which has just ended (May 10 to May 16) witnessed 24 cases of the disease which is highest for a week in the state. Earlier the highest cases reported in a week were in Week number 3 (March 29 to April 4 ) when 16 cases were reported and Week number 4 ( April 5 to April 11) when 13 cases were reported in the state.
The first case of the disease was reported on March 15 in Dehradun when a trainee IFS officer was found infected. In last 63 days, the Covid-19 count in Uttarakhand has scaled to 91. Social activist, Anoop Nautiyal said that at 2 pm on Saturday, the active cases in the state stood at 36 which is highest ever point. He said that earlier peak in Covid-19 cases was almost a month ago when on April 18 and 19, the active cases were 33.
Incidentally the sample testing has also picked up pace in the state. When the first case of the disease was reported, there was no sample testing facility in the state and the suspected samples were send to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) Pune. Later testing facility came up at Government Medical College Haldwani, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Rishikesh, Government Doon Medical College (GDMC), Dehradun and Government Medical College, Srinagar. A private laboratory (Ahuja Lab) in Dehradun has also been approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to conduct tests. In the week first ( March 15 to 21) only 110 samples were tested while in the week which has just ended ( May 10 to 16) 2352 samples were tested. The experts however feel that in view of huge number of returning migrants the state government should increase the number of tests so that the disease is kept under control in the state.
Sunday, 17 May 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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