Seven new cases, three in Dehradun and two each in Udham Singh Nagar and Haridwar surface on Friday
The number of novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) patients in Uttarakhand mounted to 153 with the state health department reporting seven new cases of the disease on Friday. In Dehradun district three new cases of the disease were reported while two cases each were reported from Udham Singh Nagar and Haridwar districts. On a positive note, two patients were discharged from the hospital in Udham Singh Nagar district after they were cured of the disease on the day. A total of 56 patients have so far recovered from the disease in the state.
In Dehradun, a 30 year old female who had a travel history from Delhi was found positive for the disease by the lab of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Rishikesh on Friday. She is a resident of Barrage colony, Rishikesh. Similarly a seven year old boy, a thalassemia patient under treatment at AIIMS was also found positive. A 53 year old, a resident of Rishikesh town was also found infected by the disease.
In Udham Singh Nagar district, a 47 year old male of Jaspur, who had recently returned from Mumbai was found positive for the disease. Similarly a 23 year old male of Jaspur was also found infected on the day. He has a travel history from Mumbai. In Haridwar a 20 year old male, a resident of Laksar area was found positive while a 22 year old male of Haridwar was also found infected by the lab of AIIMS Rishikesh on the day.
The additional secretary, state health department, Yugal Kishore Pant said reports of 1007 samples were found negative for the disease on Friday while seven were found positive. He added that reports of 1968 samples are still awaited by the department. On Friday, a total of 1319 samples were collected for COVID -19 testing. The authorities have so far taken swab samples of 18008 suspected patients for COVID-19 test. Out of the total samples taken, 1.02 percent samples have been found positive for the disease. On Friday the rate of recovery from the COVID-19 in the state was at 37.09 percent. Incidentally the recovery rate was about 67 percent few days ago. In an indication of spread of contagion, the data of the health department shows that the doubling rate of the disease stands now at eight days. The doubling rate on May 11 was 45 days and after that it steadily declined.
A total of 1567958 people have so far downloaded the ‘Aaroggya Setu App’ on their smart phones. A total of 13172 people are in facility quarantine in different parts of the state.
Uttarakhand now has 96 cases of the disease. Dehradun and Udham Singh Nagar districts share the first position with 24 cases each. Nainital with 18 active cases is at second spot. The mountainous districts of Bageshwar, Tehri and Uttarkashi have six cases each of the disease. Haridwar had five active cases of Covid-19. Almora and Pauri districts have three active cases each while Chamoli has one active case.
Tripathi to continue heading Covid control room
The chief operation officer (COO) of the state Covid-19 control room Abhisek Tripathi would continue to work on his position in Covid-19 control room. Tripathi, a PCS officer was removed from the position of the Additional Mission Director National Health Mission (NHM) on Thursday by the state administration and Jharna Kamthan was transferred on his position. Since the Covid-19 control room is situated in the office of NHM, its additional mission director was appointed as COO of control room. However considering his expertise in the field, Tripathi on Friday was asked by newly appointed secretary, medical health and family welfare, Amit Singh Negi to continue to hold the position of COO of Covid control room. It is pertinent to mention here that the state government on Thursday had removed the secretary health Nitesh Kumar Jha from his position and handed over the task to Amit Singh Negi
Saturday, 23 May 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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