07012022-LT-01.qxd 06-01-2022 23:57 Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE PATIENTS AT RECEIVING END AS LAB TECHNICIANS GO ON STRIKE Patients are left with no other option but to get their tests conducted at private labs by paying exorbitant charges. FORECAST RAIN INBRIEF COW SLAUGHTERING CASE SOLVED, 2 HELD Ludhiana: After over a month-long investigation, the Ludhiana police claimed to have solved the cow slaughtering incident and arrested two accused by busting an inter-state gang. The arrested accused have been identified as Kalim Ahmad and Mohammad Rohan, both native of Uttar Pradesh, present residents of Bhamian Khurd here. Four accused, namely Aman, Ravi, Alim of UP and Iqbal of Delhi, are yet to be arrested in the case. Police Commissioner Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, in a statement issued here, said the accused used to pick stray cows from roads and then kill them. Then they used to sell beef to their clients in Delhi. Bhullar said the police were told to deal all cases pertaining to cow slaughtering seriously and take immediate action against the accused. After the incident came to fore on November 24 when bovine parts were recovered from Jeevan Nagar, Hindu outfits had held a protest at Police Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner offices. Even road was also blocked by the protesters outside the CP office. TNS PAGE 2 PAGE 3 MIKA SPENT LOCKDOWN BY FEEDING NEEDY THROUGH NGO Mika revealed, “Through my NGO, Divine Touch, we cooked food for thousand people for one and a half years.” MAX 18°C | MIN 11°C | YESTERDAY MAX 17°C | MIN 13°C SUNSET FRIDAY 5:40 PM ANUSHKA IS BACK ON SCREEN WITH STORY OF JHULAN GOSWAMI Anushka says, “Chakda Xpress is inspired by the life and times of former Indian captain Jhulan Goswami.” SUNRISE SATURDAY 7:25 AM FRIDAY | 7 JANUARY 2022 | LUDHIANA 42-yr-old man dies, 292 test +ve Hospitalisation rises in dist with 40 Covid patients admitted to health facilities Nitin Jain COVID-19 FIGURES Tribune News Service SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE Ludhiana, January 6 The hospitalisation of Covid patients in the district has seen a rapid rise, the administration has confirmed. From a lone Covid patient getting admitted on December 26, as many as 40 virus cases were hospitalised in the district’s various government and private health facilities on Thursday, the official figures have revealed. With the entry of the highly transmissible Omicron variant, for which three international travellers — two from the UK and one from France, residents of Raikot and Aggar Nagar here, respectively — tested positive here on Wednesday, the rush at the local health institutions has also increased considerably. Of the total 40 Covid patients who were hospitalised in serious condition in the district on Thursday, 26 are locals and 14 outsiders. While 36 are admitted to various private hospitals, four are recuperating at government health facilities. The seriousness of the virus spread could be gauged from the fact that only single 30,23,515 88,539 776 286 DEATHS 2,120 For any information related to Covid Contact: 0161-2444193 & 4622276 BLEAK 11-DAY OUTLOOK Category Daily cases Active cases Hit rate Deaths Tests Hospitalisation Dec 26 7 44 0.33% 0 2,115 1 Jan 6 292 776 8.69% 1 3,360 26 DCSPEAK ramped ❝We havedrive andup the daily testing undertaken awareness and enforcement drive to ensure Covid-appropriate behaviour. A teenaged boy gets vaccinated against Covid in Ludhiana on Thursday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA Varinder Kumar Sharma Covid patient was hospitalised in the district on December 26, 27 and 28, while the number went up to two on December 29, 30, 31 and January 1, further rising to three on January 2, seven rapidly with 330 persons — 292 locals and 38 outsiders — testing positive for Covid in the district on Thursday. This was the seven-month high after 343 virus patients were reported here on May on January 3, nine on January 4, 22 on January 5 and shooting up to 40 on January 6, which is a whopping 40times spike in mere 11 days. Similarly, the daily fresh cases also continue to rise c m y b PAGE 4 29. Thursday’s cases included 14 healthcare workers and an international traveller who has returned here from Canada. However, no fresh Omicron case was reported here on Thursday. The deaths due to Covid are also rising with two more casualties — 42-year-old man from Miller Ganj in Ludhiana and another from Patiala — reported here on Thursday. Similar was the case with active cases which registered an upswing of over 53 per cent from 516 — 490 locals and 26 outsiders — on Wednesday to 790 — 776 locals and 14 outsiders — on Thursday. The count of home isolation cases also rose over 60 per cent from 468 on Wednesday to 750 on Thursday. The grim situation was also evident from the fact that the positivity rate, a key indicator of virus surge, also recorded a whopping 2,533 per cent hike in the past 11 days from just 0.33 per cent on December 26 to 8.69 per cent on January 6. However, the daily sampling doubled in the past four days from the lowestever 1,649 on January 3 to 3,360 on Thursday. Colleague fires at liquor vendemployee,arrested Ludhiana, January 6 The district police have arrested the accused in the Suffain chowk firing incident within 24 hours of the crime. The arrested accused has been identified as Harvinder Singh Virk, resident of Alamgir village. A case of attempt to murder was registered against him yesterday. Harvinder Singh had fired at an employee of the liquor vend-cum-colleague after a minor argument. The ACP, Central, Harsimrat Chetra, conducted a press conference regarding the matter. The ACP said Harvinder Singh is the cash collection incharge of liquor vends owned by a liquor contractor near Suffian chowk. On Wednes- day night victim Harvinder Kumar was standing outside the liquor vend when Harvinder Singh came and asked him to hand over cash. “When the victim handed over cash to the in-charge, the latter turned furious as the cash was not kept in order. Initially arguments started between the two and in no time arguments took a ghastly turn as the cash collection in-charge fired from his licenced .32-bore pistol at the victim’s leg,” said ACP Harsimrat. The accused fled after the incident and the victim was admitted to a nearby hospital. The ACP said after the incident, police teams were formed and today the accused was nabbed along with the licenced weapon. — TNS 10-gm charas seized from jail inmate Ludhiana, January 6 Staff of Central Jail recovered 10 gram of charas from a jail inmate. The inmate had returned from court after attending a hearing. On the complaint of Assistant Jail Superintendent Binny Tank, the Police Division 7 registered a case under the Prison Act against the inmate, identified as Deepak Balu of Peer Khana road, Khanna. Investigating officer ASI Suresh Kumar said on Wednesday Deepak Balu had gone to attend court’s hearing and when he returned, jail staff on suspicion frisked him and recovered charas from his pocket. — TNS
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