The number of cases reaches 2301; 1450 recovered so far
The contagion of novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) is continuing to spread at an alarming pace in Uttarakhand. The state health department reported 124 new cases of the disease on Saturday which increased the number of patients to 2301 in the state. One patient of the disease also died on Saturday increasing the death tally to 27 in the state.
On the day, a 66 year old female who was positive for the disease died at Sushila Tiwari government hospital, Haldwani. The deceased was referred from Government hospital Almora and had travel history from Delhi.
The number of patients in the provisional state capital Dehradun became 600 on Saturday as the state health department reported 34 new patients on the day. The department reported 24 patients from Tehri, 15 from Uttarkashi, 12 from Udham Singh Nagar, 11 from Almora and seven from Chamoli district on Saturday. Similarly five patients each were found in Bageshwar, Nainital and Haridwar district while four and two new patients were reported in Pauri district.
On the day, 17 patients of the disease were discharged from different hospitals which increased the number of recovered patients to 1450 in the state.
The additional secretary, state health department, Yugal Kishore Pant said that reports of 1571 samples were found negative for the disease on Saturday. He added that reports of 4308 samples are still awaited by the department. On the day, a total of 1279 samples were collected for COVID -19 testing. The authorities have so far taken swab samples of 54512 suspected patients for COVID-19 test. Out of the total samples taken, 4.94 percent samples have been found positive for the disease. The doubling rate of disease in the state now stands at 18.98 days while the recovery percent in the state is now at 62.93 percent. A total of 10343 persons are kept in institutional quarantine by the state health department.
The state now has 803 active patients of the disease. Dehradun with 205 active cases is maintaining its position at top of the table of Covid-19 positive active patients .Haridwar district is at second position with 140 active cases. With 108 active cases, Tehri district has now dislodged Nainital from third position. Nainital district now has 91 active cases and is at fourth position in the state. Almora has 56 active cases while Udham Singh Nagar has 49 active patients of Covid-19. Pauri district has 43 active cases while Pithoragarh district has 37 active cases of Covid-19. Uttarkashi has 29 active cases respectively while Rudraprayag has 17 active patients now. Chamoli and Bageshwar district now have 14 and 11 active cases while with three cases Champawat is at the bottom of the table of active cases in the state.
The spike in the disease is manifested in the ever increasing number of containment zones in the state. Uttarakhand now has 99 areas declared as containment zones to check the spread of infection. Haridwar district has 50 containment zones while Dehradun district has 36 containment zones. The district administration has made ten containment zones in Tehri. In Udham Singh Nagar district two containment zones have been created while Uttarkashi has one containment zone.
17 healthcare workers of Doon found negative in second test
In an interesting turn of events, 17 health care workers of Dehradun who were found positive for the disease on Friday were found negative on Saturday. This group had four doctors and included a senior physician of a prominent government hospital. Their first samples were tested in a lab located outside the state which found them suffering from the disease. However their repeat samples were taken and they all were found negative on Saturday.
However a Community Health Centre (CHC) of Tehri had to be closed on Saturday when three health care workers were found infected with the disease. It is learnt that more than a dozen health care workers in a major private hospital of Dehradun have also been found infected with the disease.
Sunday, 21 June 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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