Patiala, March 27
Eight persons, including a 27-year-old youth – died of Covid-19, while 262 more tested positive for coronavirus here in the past 24 hours.
Of the 262 fresh cases, only 42 were the contacts of the infected patients, while 220 were reported afresh. Seven of the fresh cases are inmates of Nabha Jail.
Dr Balbir Kaur, Senior Medical officer, Nabha, said seven inmates had tested positive during regular testing. Reports of several jail inmates were still awaited.
With eight fresh fatalities, the Covid toll in the district stands at 573. The Patiala Health Department claimed that the 27-year-old youth, who died of Covid-19, had no comorbidities.
District Epidemiologist Dr Sumeet Singh said as Covid-19 cases continued to rise at an alarming rate, the number of deaths was also likely to increase. A majority of the persons who were dying due to the virus had comorbid conditions. — TNS