Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, August 18
Punjab reported an astonishing 1,704 coronavirus instances inside a span of 24 hours, the state’s COVID bulletin confirmed on Tuesday—the highest spike the state has up to now reported—with Ludhiana and Patiala collectively accounting for greater than half of the instances.
Ludhiana reported 483 cases—the highest it has reported but regardless of being essentially the most affected of Punjab’s 22 districts. Patiala got here second at 338 instances. The two districts, together with Jalandhar (132) and Patiala (103) have been flagged by the Punjab Government as areas of main concern in a state that has begun to see a pointy rise in instances.
Other districts additionally noticed an increase in instances, though none as sharply as Ludhiana and Patiala. All 22 of Punjab’s districts reported new cases—a pattern the state has been seeing nearly all of this month. Bathinda (94), Sangrur (52), Amritsar (46), Gurdaspur (18), Ferozepur (34), Moga (33), Hoshiarpur (50), Pathankot (16), Barnala (24), Fatehgarh Sahib (52), Kapurthala (26), Faridkot (46), Tarn Taran (7), Ropar (24), Fazilka (46), SAS Nagar (16), Muktsar (49), and Mansa (15), all reported new instances.
Punjab additionally reported 35 deaths, the COVID tally confirmed. With eight deaths, Ludhiana had the best deaths. Patiala (4), Amritsar (4), Faridkot (1), Fatehgah Sahib (1), Jalandhar (1), SAS Nagar (3), Muktsar (1), SBS Nagar (3), Ropar (2), Sangrur (4), Tarn Taran (2) and Kapurthala (1) all reported deaths.
Punjab demise toll now stands at 898.
Punjab’s instances have risen considerably this month, with the sharpest rise being registered from August 6, when the state first started reporting over 1,000 COVID-19 infections a day. Punjab’s tally now stands at 34,400 instances. About 18,281 instances had been registered because the starting of this month.
What is extra alarming nonetheless is how rapidly Punjab’s numbers have risen: in lower than a fortnight since August 5 (19,856 instances) , the an infection tally has risen over 1.5 instances to face on the present 34,400 instances.
Punjab’s demise toll has additionally risen steeply inside this era, nearly doubling from 491 deaths recorded until August 5.
About 34 per cent of Punjab’s instances are nonetheless energetic. The state authorities has mentioned it expects the state’s coronavirus instances to peak in September.