Total surges past 1300; 79 patients discharged after recovery
The spike in the number of novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) infected patients in Uttarakhand is showing no sign of slowing down. On Saturday the state health department reported 89 new cases of the disease which increased the number of patients in the state to 1303. On a positive note, 79 patients were discharged from different hospitals of the state on the day after their complete recovery from the disease. So far eleven patients of the disease have died in the state.
On Saturday, 21 new patients were reported from Haridwar district while 16 cases surfaced in mountainous Pithoragarh district. In Dehradun 10 new patients were found while nine patients were reported from Tehri district. In Nainital seven new patients were reported while six patients each were reported from Chamoli and Champawat districts. Four cases each were found in Almora and Bageshwar districts while three patients were found in Udham Singh Nagar district. On the day, one patient of Covid-19 was also found from Uttarkashi district.
On the day, 29 patients were discharged from hospitals in Tehri district while 25 were discharged from Almora district. Eight patients each were discharged from Dehradun and Haridwar districts while six were discharged from Pauri district. In Nainital three patients recovered from the disease.
In Dehradun, four members of nursing staff of Mahant Indiresh hospital deputed in the hospital emergency were found infected with the disease. The hospital has now closed the emergency for disinfecting it.
The additional secretary, state health department, Yugal Kishore Pant said that reports of 1117 samples were found negative for the disease on Saturday. He added that reports of 6253 samples are still awaited by the department. On Saturday, a total of 587 samples were collected for COVID -19 testing. The authorities have so far taken swab samples of 36638 suspected patients for COVID-19 test. Out of the total samples taken, 4.23 percent samples have been found positive for the disease. The doubling rate of disease in the state is 14.15 days while the recovery percent in the state is now at 33.90. A total of 25265 persons are kept in institutional quarantine by the state health department.
Uttarakhand now has 864 active cases of the disease. Dehradun with 276 active cases is maintaining its position at top of the table of Covid-19 positive active patients. Nainital district is at second position with 187 active cases. The Tehri district remains at third spot with 84 active cases even as 29 patients were discharged from hospital after their recovery on Saturday. Haridwar now has 71 active patients of the disease while Pithoragarh and Udham Singh Nagar districts have 43 and 42 active cases respectively. Champawat now has 37 active patients while Pauri has 26 active cases. With recovery of 25 patients on the day, the number of active cases in Almora district reduced to 25 on Saturday.
Rudraprayag now has 19 active cases while Bageshwar and Chamoli districts have 16 and six active cases of the disease respectively.
U’khand to send samples to NCDC, Delhi
In view of increasing backlog of samples at different testing facilities of the state, the Uttarakhand government has decided to send samples to the laboratory of National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) New Delhi. This information was provided by the secretary medical health and family welfare Amit Singh Negi during a meeting with senior officials of health department, all district magistrates and chief medical officers (CMO). In the meeting the Joint Secretary Government of India, Nidhimani Tripathi was also present. She has been appointed by the GoI as nodal officer for Covid-19 in the state. In the meeting Negi directed district authorities of Haridwar and Udham Singh Nagar to sent 300 samples each to NCDC New Delhi.
Sunday, 07 June 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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