14042021-JTR-01.qxd 13-04-2021 22:22 Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE CENTRAL TEAM IN HOSHIARPUR, ASKS TO RAMP UP COVID TESTING PAGE 2 A Central team, led by Additional Secretary VK Singh, took stock of the Covid situation in the district. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF MP TAKES STOCK OF PROCUREMENT Jalandhar: Member of Parliament Santokh Singh Chaudhary took a stock of wheat procurement preparations at Phillaur grain market.Chaudhary met the market committee and administration officials and asked them to ensure that no farmer faces any problem at the mandis. He expressed satisfaction with the preparations and said the government had made all arrangements for procurement season. He said the procurement centres under the Phillaur Market Committee had purchased about six lakh metric tonnes of wheat last year and more arrival was expected this year. TNS CLASSES AT AGRI COLLEGE FROM AUG Jalandhar: MP Manish Tewari assured that classes at the Agricultural College being set up at Ballowal Saunkhari, Regional Research Centre, would start from August. He stated this during a meeting with officials at the Regional Research Centre in presence of Balachaur MLA Darshan Lal Mangupur and Punjab Large Industrial Development Board Chairman Pawan Dewan. He said the first instalment of Rs 13.7 crore had been released by the government for the construction of the college. The college would offer BSc and MSc degrees. TNS BAISAKHI CELEBRATED WITH FERVOUR IN CITY SCHOOLS PAGE 2 Beating Covid heat, the festival of harvest was celebrated to acquaint students with the cultural heritage. MAX 36°C | MIN 18°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36°C | MIN 16°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6:55 PM CT GROUP HOLDS WORKSHOP ON NAAC ACCREDITATION PAGE 2 The CT Group of Institutions, South Campus, Shahpur, held an exclusive workshop on NAAC accreditation. SUNRISE THURSDAY 5:59 AM WEDNESDAY | 14 APRIL 2021 | JALANDHAR He never got himself tested, Experts: New Covid strain more dangerous for youth but gets a +ve RT-PCR report High number of infections among those below 30 years NEGLIGENCE Not the first such incident reported in city 7 die, 89 test HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS positive in Hoshiarpur JALANDHAR UPDATE Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 13 Alleging negligence on the part of medical teams, Harvinder Singh, a city-based resident, on Tuesday reported that he had received the RT-PCR report of an unidentified person on his mobile number. He did not even get his RT-PCR (Reverse Transcription Polymerace Chain Reaction) test done, the report he received was positive for Covid-19. Apart from delayed reports, many other serious lapses related to Covid testing have come to light in the past few weeks. On the one hand, the gross negligence is being reported but on the other the administration is taking the credit for conducting rampant Covid testing (2,501 tests per million population) on a daily basis. “Prior to receiving the Covid report, I also obtained a text with the state government’s logo that your (Baljit Singh) sample for the RT-PCR test was taken on April 9, for which the SRF Id is 0302700575967. Subsequently, on Monday evening, I got another text with the same logo that your ■ Helpline number of Ambulance: 108 ■ Emergency helpline: 104 NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS RESULTS AWAITED TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 391 37,751 5 994 3,230 30,668 3,109 ■ Jalandhar Helpline for Covid or other medical queries: 0181-2224848 ■ Dist Immunisation Officer contact: 94171-64164 ■ Website for Covid bed info: https://jalandhar.nic.in/ 5 DEATHS, 391 NEW CASES IN DISTRICT ■ The district on Tuesday reported five casualties due to Covid, pushing the death toll to 994. Besides, 391 new infections were also witnessed taking the Covid case tally to 37,751. While there are 3,109 active cases in the district, test reports of as many as 3,230 persons are still awaited ■ On Tuesday, the infections were reported from the areas like Basti Sheikh, Rama Mandi, JP Nagar, Wadala Chowk, Basti Bawa Khel, Basti Gujan, Bhagat Singh Colony, Defense colony, Golden Avenue among others (Baljit Singh) sample has tested positive for the virus and you are advised to isolate yourself. Teams of the Health Department will contact you shortly,” stated Harvinder, who also shared the screenshots of both the messages. Likewise, Navdeep Kumar Sharma, another resident of the city, said last week his wife received a similar message. “While my wife and I got our RT-PCR tests done at a joint naka (checkpost) by the police and health officials, my wife received the reports and test confirmation messages of an unidentified person. continued on page 2 c m y b Our Correspondent Hoshiarpur, April 13 The district reported seven more deaths due to Covid-19, taking the toll to 645 on Tuesday. Besides, the district also witnessed 89 fresh cases taking the tally to 15,451. Giving information about the Covid cases in the district, Civil Surgeon Dr Ranjit Singh said the number of active cases in the district stood at 954 and 15,087 patients had recovered from the virus. Of 89 positive cases, 18 were reported from other districts, 12 from Hoshiarpur city and the remaining from other health blocks of the district. Four patients of the district died in Jalandhar hospitals while two more died at Amritsar hospitals and one more died on way to hospital from Khaibran village in the district. Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 13 The second wave is proving more disastrous and recent findings have made medical experts more concerned than before. As positive cases are on the rise, doctors said new strain has got different characteristics and it’s affecting youngsters as well. They said they were seeing more infections in youngsters and children, unlike the first wave. Senior Medical Officer AS Duggal said a high number of youngsters were being tested positive. “Even kids below the age of 10 and those below 30 years are getting infected,” he said. Jalandhar Civil Surgeon Dr Balwant Singh said during the first wave, mostly elderly were affected, but this time, the virus has been proving fatal for youngsters as well. “Also, infection is spreading quickly and patients are getting serious at early stages,” he said. Nawanshahr Civil Surgeon Dr Gurdeep Singh Kapur said the new strain was spreading rapidly and mortality rate was very high. “This time, we have seen children Health team collects swab sample of a student in Nawanshahr. contracting the virus, which was not the case before,” the Civil Surgeon said. Notably, in Nawanshahr, a high number of school students had got infected. Duggal said even after a year, people were not coming forward to get tested. “People are still adopting delaying tactics so that they don’t have to undergo testing. They still don’t accept that their symptoms might be related to Covid. Residents take medication by their own, which is not right. A person who is aged 30 and contracts the virus, but doesn’t gets tested becomes a carrier. Even if fever does not lasts morwe than three days, the persons will go out and spread the virus,” he said. If every person who has fever gets tested, positivity rate would be much higher, said the doctors. Apart from this, experts in the Health Department said there were still some inhibitions among people regarding vaccination. “They (people) still see if those getting vaccinated in their neighbourhood are safe or not and get inoculated after gaining a little confidence,” said a doctor.
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