CHANDIGARH/JALANDHAR: The number of coronavirus cases in Punjab continue to surge with 5 more positive cases reported on Friday.
This has brought the total count of cases in the state to 38.
Three cases were reported from Hoshiarpur district, and one each from Mohali and Jalandhar.
According to sources, all five were infected from already identified patients.
The condition of all infected patients was stable, said the Health Department.
The three new patients in Hoshiarpur are two family members of a priest, whi had already tested positive for the disease. The two members are his 60-year-old wife and 28-year-old daughter in law. And the third patient is 66-year-old woman, who is the priest’s neighbour.
All three coronavirus patients are residents of Moranwali village in Hoshiarpur, Punjab.
From the Hoshiarpur District, 96 samples have been collected and sent for testing. All 96 samples taken are the persons who came in contact with the priest and his son, who is also positive for coronavirus.
67 out of the 96 persons have tested negative while three came positive as on Thursday. The results of remaining 29 persons are awaited.
Villages adjoining Moranwali such as Aima Jattan, Binjhon, Sooni, Basiala and Pandori had been sealed, said civil surgeon Dr Jasbir Singh.
A 27-year-old man in Jalandhar district tested positive for COVID-19, taking the count to 5 in the district.
The man’s parents and brother are already infected with the virus. All four patients are residents of Virk village and are related to a 70-year-old Nawanshahr man, who died of the virus last week.
Out of the 38 COVID-19 patients in Punjab, 30 are from Doaba — 19 are from Nawanshahr, six from Hoshiarpur and five from Jalandhar. And of these 30 patients, 29 are relatives of the 70-year-old Nawanshahr man.
District-wise tally —
So far, samples of 789 suspected patients had been sent for testing. Of them, results of 271 samples are awaited while 480 samples tested negative, said the department.