Ambala logs 122% spike in weekly Covid cases

After several months of slowing down, Ambala is recording a steady rise in its daily Covid-19 cases, with infections jumping 122% since last week.

While 36 people were positive in the district for the week ended June 19, the number has doubled to 80 this week since the end of February, according to statistics provided by the Office of the Civil Surgeon. It included six new cases on Sunday that pushed the active caseload to 80.

The one-day rise of 26 cases was witnessed on June 23, the highest in almost four months, and Health Minister Anil Wijs tested positive in Ambala a day before.

Significantly, at the beginning of June, there were only seven cases reported in the district until June 5, and the number of infections rose to 21 in the following week.

Covid surge.  (HT)
Covid surge. (HT)

According to district epidemiologist Dr Sunil Hari, a similar trend has been observed across the state and most cases involve interstate travelers.

Despite the increase in infections, hospitalization rates are still low, as all 80 positive patients in the district are recovering at home with mild symptoms in less than five days, he said.

Dr Hari said of measures to check the sudden rise, “Models have been increased and infrastructures are already in place, but people must adhere to Kovid precautions to keep the fourth wave of the epidemic at bay.

Since the onset of the epidemic, 40,958 people have been infected with the virus in Ambala and 542 have died.

Meanwhile, amid a surge in cases, there is an increase in the number of vaccines in the district. Last week, 4,595 beneficiaries were given the vaccine, and this week, the number rose to 5,746, with either of the three doses.

Health officials believe vaccination statistics will increase as summer vacations at schools end.

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