Covid train raises patient count to 244 in U’khand
92 new patients reported in one day on Saturday. Train from Maharashtra brings 55 Covid patients to Haldwani
The contagion of novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) brought into the state by the returning migrants is now wrecking havoc in the state of Uttarakhand. On Saturday, a staggering 92 new patients of the disease surfaced in the state taking the number of patients affected by the disease to 244. A train which had recently brought returnees from Maharashtra proved to be a Covid-19 train as 55 of its occupants who had came to Haldwani of Nainital district were found positive by the lab of medical college Haldwani on Saturday. The occupants of this train had landed in Haridwar and were taken to Haldwani by buses. In Nainital district, a total of 57 new cases were reported on the day. Ten patients were reported from Dehradun while seven cases were found in Champawat district. This district till Friday had not even a single patient of the disease. The department found six new patients in Uttarkashi district while three patients each were found in Rudraprayag and Almora districts. Incidentally, Rudraprayag was the only district which had no patient of the disease till Saturday afternoon. Two patients of the disease were also reported from Pauri and Pithoragarh districts each on Saturday. The unprecedented surge of Saturday ensured that all 13 districts of the state are now affected with the pandemic. Incidentally till two weeks ago all the mountainous districts were free from the disease.
The additional secretary, state health department, Yugal Kishore Pant said reports of 801 samples were found negative for the disease on Saturday. He added that reports of 2382 samples are still awaited by the department. On Saturday, a total of 1325 samples were collected for COVID -19 testing. The authorities have so far taken swab samples of 19248 suspected patients for COVID-19 test. Out of the total samples taken, 1.08 percent samples have been found positive for the disease. On Saturday, the rate of recovery from the COVID-19 in the state slid further to 22.95 percent. Incidentally the recovery rate was about 67 percent few days ago and was 37 percent, a day before. In an indication of spread of contagion, the data of the health department shows that the doubling rate of the disease now stands at 7.75 days. The doubling rate on May 11 was 45 days and after that it steadily declined. A total of 1612805 people have so far downloaded the ‘Aaroggya Setu App’ on their smart phones. A total of 13771 people are in facility quarantine in different parts of the state.
Uttarakhand now has 189 active cases of the disease. The Covid-19 train brought the Nainital district on the top of table with 75 active cases. Dehradun with 32 and Udham Singh Nagar with 27 active cases are at second and third positions respectively. Uttarkashi has nine active cases while Champawat and Haridwar districts now have seven active cases each. Almora, Bageshwar and Tehri districts have six active cases each while Pauri has five active cases of the disease. The latest entrant Rudraprayag has three active cases.
Covid 19 patient dies at AIIMS Rishikesh
The hospital says virus not cause of death
A Covid-19 affected patient, a 55 year old female from Bijnore of Uttar Pradesh (UP) died at All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), Rishikesh on Saturday. This woman was also suffering from the cancer. The AIIMS authorities however said that the cause of dearth of this Covid-19 patient was respiratory failure and not Coronavirus. Incidentally two patients of Covid-19, both of them women have died so far in the state. However in both the cases the authorities have claimed that cause of death was not Covid-19. The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of AIIMS Rishikesh Harish Thapliyal said that the cancer patient was admitted in gastroenterology department of the hospital.
Sunday, 24 May 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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