27 year old Rishikesh youth who had recently returned from Mumbai found positive. Haridwar, the only district in red zone in state becomes free from disease
The toll of the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) in Uttarakhand increased to 92 on Sunday with the state health department reporting one case of the disease. This 27 year old patient reported from Rishikesh town of Dehradun district had returned on May 14 from Mumbai was in Home quarantine. He was working as a receptionist in a five star hotel in Mumbai and when some of his fellow workers were reported positive for the disease he went to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Rishikesh for testing on Saturday. On Sunday, his sample was tested positive. The health authorities are now tracing his contact history.
Following the sudden spurt in the number of cases of the disease, the state health department has issued an appeal that all those who have travelled from outside the state must observe necessary quarantine as mandated. During the home quarantine they should remain in a separate room. It is pertinent to mention here that during last one week alone the 24 cases of the disease have been reported and all of them have either travelled from outside the state or have got the virus from getting into contact with these people.
Meanwhile, Haridwar the only district in Uttarakhand listed under red zone became free from active cases of disease on Sunday. The only active patient of the disease was discharged from Mela hospital of Haridwar following his complete recovery on the day.
The additional secretary, state health department, Yugal Kishore Pant said reports of 326 samples were found negative for the disease on Sunday while one were found positive. He added that reports of 951 samples are still awaited by the department. On Saturday, a total of 549 samples were collected for COVID -19 testing. The authorities have so far taken swab samples of 13212 suspected patients for COVID-19 test. Out of the total samples taken, 0.81 percent samples have been found positive for the disease. On Sunday the rate of recovery from the COVID-19 in the state further dipped to 56.52 percent. Incidentally the rate was about 67 percent few days ago.
A total of 1472458 people have so far downloaded the ‘Aaroggya Setu App’ on their smart phones.
The state now has 39 active cases in the state with Dehradun district at top of the table with 16 active cases. The Udham Singh Nagar district now has 15 active cases while Nainital has five active cases. Uttarkashi, Almora and Pauri districts have one active case each.
Monday, 18 May 2020 | PNS | Dehradun