Nine more people succumbed to COVID-19 and 381 more tested positive for the disease in Haryana, raising the death toll in the state due to it to 232 and the total cases of infection to 14,210 on Monday.
Gurgaon, which has emerged as the worst-hit district in the state, reported six fatalities, while two persons died in Faridabad and Mahendragarh reported its first death, said the state’s Health Department daily bulletin.
Gurgaon and Faridabad now have a total 90 and 75 COVID-19 related fatalities and these two districts together account for nearly 9,000 infections. There are a total of 4,476 active cases in the state currently while 9,502 have been discharged after recovery. The state's recovery rate on Monday stood at 66.87 per cent. The districts, which reported fresh cases, include Faridabad with 134 infections, Gurgaon 102, Rewari 31, Karnal and Panipat 18 each, Sonipat 13 and Fatehabad 12.
Meanwhile, Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij on Monday said that the State would soon start convalescent plasma therapy for treatment of COVID-19 patients in all its medical colleges. In a tweet, Vij said, “Haryana will start Plasma Therapy for treatment of Covid-19 patients in all its medical colleges after approval from ICMR.”
Convalescent plasma therapy involves transfusing certain components from the blood of people who have recovered from a virus attack into people who are very sick with the virus or at high risk.
THREE FRESH CASES IN CHANDIGARH
Three fresh cases of COVID-19 were reported in Chandigarh on Monday taking the total number to 434. The fresh cases were reported from Sectors 23, 29 and 41 in the city.
In view of surge in number of cases from city’s sectors, Punjab Governor and UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore on Monday directed the UT Administration to vigorously monitor those coming from outside Chandigarh so that the cases can be detected at an early stage and the infection is not spread across the city.
“A 60 years old female from Sector 29 is tested positive for COVID-19. She has one household contact (her son) who is also sampled. She has another son and daughter along with their family living in Sector-33 and Punjab University respectively,” stated Chandigarh Health Department’s evening bulletin.
A 15 years old boy from Sector 41 is also tested positive. He is a family member of a previously positive case in Sector-41 in the same house. Another positive case detected is of a 39 years old male from Sector 23 here.
He has three family members who have been sampled and three family contacts living in the same building, the bulletin stated. 349 patients have recovered so far in Chandigarh, the bulletin added.