At 2.95 per cent, Punjab on Wednesday recorded the highest case fatality rate (CFR) in the country, surpassing that of Gujarat (2.91%) and Maharashtra (2.9%). Post August 31, Punjab’s CFR has risen from 2.7 per cent to 2.95 per cent in just nine days.

Recording almost 2,000 new cases for the past few days, Punjab’s caseload stood at 2,134 of Wednesday.

Dr Rajiv Bhaskar, Punjab’s nodal officer for Covid-19, explaining the high CFR, said patients were coming late to hospitals, mostly upon developing serious symptoms such as breathlessness.

As per the state Health Department data, 70 per cent of those dead were aged above 50 years. Health officials said though the testing rate in the state had improved and the recovery rate stood at 3.7 per cent, the CFR could be brought down only through “early detection and treatment.”

53 more Patiala jail inmates test positive

Patiala: Fiftythree more inmates at the Patiala Central Jail have tested positive for Covid-19, taking the total tally to 88. The Health Department has, therefore, declared the jail as a macro-containment zone. It has assigned more teams for mass sampling. Sources said it was difficult to stem the spread of virus in jails. These being overcrowded, physical distancing was not possible.

Source: September 10, 2020, The Tribune