Covid-19 pandemic’s steady march since June has gained steam into July, with the tricity recording a 48% surge in infections since last week.
The tricity had logged 1,216 cases between July 11 and 17 that jumped to 1,797 between July 18 and 24.
Mohali remained the worst-affected with its infections soaring from 391 to 627 between the two weeks. Chandigarh’s case tally increased from 524 to 734, while Panchkula saw its cases rising from 301 to 436.
Health officials say the Omicron variant of Covid-19 is behind the latest surge due to its fast transmissibility, though it is less fatal.
The tricity had recorded 59,273 cases and 113 deaths in January this year during the third peak, the highest monthly case tally since the pandemic broke out in March 2020. Though the cases were all-time high in January, the deaths were 86% lower than those in May last year, when the second wave had peaked.
The surge got over in February when 5,964 cases and 79 deaths were reported in the tricity. The numbers further dropped to 403 cases and one death in March, and 292 cases and zero death in April.
Tricity’s case count increased to 783 in May with zero fatality, but cases saw a drastic rise in June when the tally reached 2,981, apart from five fatalities.
Since June, the cases have been rising every week and in the first three weeks of July have already reached 4,278. Besides, seven people have also succumbed to the virus.
‘Cases can further rise, don’t lower guard’
Dr PVM Lakshmi, professor of epidemiology, PGIMER, said, “Omicron variant is highly transmissible that is pushing the numbers higher. The same variant was responsible for the surge in January this year. The cases will continue to rise, as there are no restrictions in place. But the rise is not alarming because hospitalisation is very low. However, people must not feel complacent, as elderly people with co-morbidities are still landing in the hospital.”
200+ fresh cases for fifth straight day
Tricity’s daily Covid-19 cases continued to remain over 200 for the fifth consecutive day, as 202 more people tested positive on Monday.
At 81, Chandigarh led the daily tally, followed by Mohali with 74 and Panchkula with 47.
The day before, their cases stood at 145, 57 and 51, respectively.
The new infections pushed tricity’s active caseload to 1,671, which includes 762 positive patients in Chandigarh, 659 in Mohali and 250 in Panchkula.
The people found infected in Chandigarh on Monday are residents of sectors 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 32, 33, 35, 36, 37, 40, 41, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 49, 52 and 63, Behlana, Burail, Dhanas, Faidan, Industrial Area, Khuda Jassu, Maloya and Manimajra.
Vax camps at UT schools from today
The UT health department will resume special Covid-19 vaccination camps at schools from Tuesday.
Schoolchildren in the age groups of 12-15 and 15-18 will be covered in these camps, which will be set up at GMSSS, Sector 40, GMSSS, Sector 21, GMSSS, Sector 15, GMSSS, Raipur Khurd, and GMSSS, Sarangpur, on Tuesday.
Students of other schools can also get vaccinated at these schools between 9 am and 3 pm.