Thirty-three positive cases have been reported in Punjab

Story By: Indre Varnelyte
Friday, March, 27 2020 - 17:13

Thirty-three positive cases have been reported in Punjab up till March 27. Nineteen positive cases are in Nawanshahr, five in Mohali, four in Jalandhar, three in Hoshiarpur and one each in Amritsar and Ludhiana, as per the bulletin.

Out of them as many as twenty-three are directly or indirectly related to the priest of Nawanshahr, who passed away on March 18. The 70-year-old priest at a gurudwara at Pathlawa village in Nawanshahr  had receantly returned from a two-week tour of Germany and Italy countries worst hit by Covid-19.  As per reports, the priest did not quarantine himself. Instead  he attended the Hola Mohalla festival at Anandpur Sahib March 8-10th where thousands of pilgrims across the state gather every year for three days.

The priest has also visited people’s homes to offer sermons, with videos of some such visits now going viral.
According to Punjab health minister Balbir Singh Sidhu, 21 person who were diagnosed with corona are either his family members or people who had come in contact with him.

Health officials in the state suspect the two others he travelled with, including a religious leader, may also have widely transmitted the disease.

Officials in the Punjab government say they have identified 150 people the trio was in touch with after their arrival. “We have sealed almost 15 villages from where people used to visit the dera chief who accompanied Baldev Singh on this trip and is now a coronavirus patient,” Jalandhar divisional commissioner Rahul Tewari told the reporters.

Announcements and requests are being made across these villages asking people to inform officials about those contacted by the trio after their return.

The health authorities have collected 722 samples so far, of which 346 were found negative for the coronavirus infection, the bulletin said. The result of 376 samples was still awaited.


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