According to the data received from the chief medical officer (CMO), September was the worst month for the Panchkula residents. As many as 5,178 positive cases were reported, of which, 3,762 were Panchkula residents.
Over two deaths were reported every day during the month, taking the toll to 66, which created panic among the residents. The administration had to increase the testing process and maximum number of testing of 19,971 residents was done in September.
President of the citizen welfare association (CWA) S K Nayar says, “The residents were panicked with the increase in the number of cases and two deaths being reported every day. It was a scary situation. We stopped going out of our houses even after the lockdown was lifted. We also encouraged others to follow the SOPs strictly.”
Before this, August too reported 2,044 positive cases, of which, 1,644 patients were from Panchkula, while the rest were from the other districts or states.
October reported a total of 27 deaths. The district had not received a single death till July. Two deaths were reported in July and so far 149 people have lost their lives due to the deadly virus.
With the increasing Covid-19 positive cases and mortality rate in the district, the Panchkula administration had to take stern action and more isolation wards were set-up at private institutions as well as guest houses in the district.
Chief medical officer Dr Jasjeet Kaur said the entire journey so far was challenging and her team continues to work dedicatedly even till now. The support of the administration and the state government helped them wade through this situation.
Till March 17, a total of 11,528 Covid-19 positive cases have been reported in the district, of which, 10,922 have been recovered.
A total of 1,96,412 samples have been taken so far.