25 Nanded pilgrims, 4 students from Kota among 37 new positive cases in Punjab

Written by Raakhi Jagga
| Ludhiana |

Published: April 29, 2020 10:55:55 pm

A complete of 148 buses had been used to convey folks from Nanded (80 buses), Jaisalmer( 61 buses) and Kota (seven buses). (Representational Photo)
Punjab on Wednesday reported as many as 37 positive cases of novel coronavirus, together with 25 pilgrims who returned from Nanded, 4 students who returned from Kota, in the final 24 hours, taking the overall tally to 379.

Two Nanded returnees of Bathinda examined positive on Wednesday night. With this, Bathinda, which had not reported any case, grew to become the 21st district of Punjab to come back in the COVID grip. Earlier, zero-case district Tarn Taran too had reported 5 Nanded cases on Monday and have become the 20th COVID-affected district of the state. Now Fazilka is the one zero- case district in the state.

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Seven pilgrims who returned from Nanded examined positive in Ludhiana, 5 in Mohali, three every in Faridkot and Hoshiarpur, two every in Bathinda, Patiala and Kapurthala and one in Sangrur on Wednesday.The complete variety of pilgrims who’ve examined postive to this point in the state rose to 36. Four students of Kota took the tally additional as much as 38. Seven pilgrims from Tarn Taran, three from Kapurthala and one from Hoshiarpur, who was a tempo traveller driver and drove 15 pilgrims again to Hoshiarpur from Nanded, had examined positive for novel coronavirus earlier.

In Ludhiana, out of the overall 11 positive sufferers, seven had been Nanded returnees and 4 had been Kota returnees. Kota students got here on Monday and had been despatched residence after medical examination. They had been referred to as again on Tuesday and had been examined whereas Nanded pilgrims who got here on Sunday too had been referred to as again from their homes and examined on Tuesday. However, all of the 11 sufferers are asymptomatic. They have been admitted to the Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, mentioned Civil Surgeon Dr Rajesh Bagga.

In addition to this, three feminine sufferers of Faridkot’s Sandhwan village examined positive. They additionally got here from Nanded late in the night time on April 26 on their very own by hiring a personal tempo.

However, after sending almost 1,255 passengers of Nanded, Kota and Gwalior to their homes following thermal scanning on April 26 and 27, the Punjab authorities lastly woke as much as quarantine every passenger who got here from exterior the state. Except for Bathinda and Faridkot districts the place pilgrims had been already quarantined in authorities centres, the remaining districts had taken samples and despatched the pilgrims residence on Sunday in addition to on Monday.

Apart from inspecting the new passengers, now district administrations are additionally contacting the 1,255 passengers who had been despatched to their homes after medical check-up on April 26 and 27. Sources mentioned many passengers have switched off their cellphones. “On Sunday, 21 passengers of Nanded were of Bathinda. We had sent them straight to quarantine centres. We are following protocol from day one. Hence, the two patients who have been tested positive were already isolated,” mentioned Bathinda Deputy Commissioner B Srinivasan. The protocol to ship all exterior state passengers to authorities quarantine centres is being adopted from April 28 onwards.

Political events had been demanding that pilgrims from Nanded needs to be introduced again and Shiromani Akali Dal had raised the difficulty with Home Minister Amit Shah as nicely. SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal and Union Minister Harsimrat Badal had thanked the Centre, Hazur Sahib Gurdwara Management and the SAD Mumbai unit.

Reacting to the 34 Nanded pilgrims testing positive, SAD spokesperson Daljeet Singh Cheema mentioned, “A resident of the state will have to be brought back to the state. Already they were stuck for the past 40 days at Nanded. Now testing is the only solution, as everyone is being quarantined. However, question needs to be asked as to why people were sent home on Sunday and Monday. In addition to this, many pilgrims are coming in private vehicles as well. So if everyone on border is quarantined, the problem will be solved.”

Leader of Opposition Harpal Singh Cheema of the AAP mentioned, “About 8,000 people — pilgrims and workers from Rajasthan — are the official numbers who are being brought back by the government. Otherwise, many had come on their own as well, who went unchecked. These are the combine drivers, mechanics and foremen who had gone to UP and Madhya Pradesh. They have entered Punjab through many routes. I am not sure whether they were examined.”

Jeevan Gupta, state’s common secretary of BJP, mentioned, “Questions have been raised over casual approach of Punjab government in examining people coming out of Punjab. People who entered Tarn Taran and later tested positive were not tested on border. In Ludhiana as well, passengers were first sent to their houses after medical examination. Hundreds of them were sent to houses after thermal scanning. If anyone is coming from Maharashtra, which is the most affected state, one needs to take extra precautions.”

Both the BJP and AAP leaders mentioned the pilgrims ought to have been examined at Nanded itself earlier than bringing them residence.

A complete of 148 buses had been used to convey folks from Nanded (80 buses), Jaisalmer( 61 buses) and Kota (seven buses). So far, 132 buses have come again. These encompass 61 buses from Jaisalmer, seven from Kota and 64 from Nanded. Only 14 buses of Nanded are left and they’re anticipated by Thursday.

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