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Chandigarh administration gives a call for setting up mini-Covid care centres


Chandigarh, January 8

With the Covid infection spreading at an alarming speed, the UT Administration has given a clarion call to organisations and associations for setting up mini Covid care centres voluntarily in the city, as it is expected that the number of infected persons may be many times what was witnessed during the second wave peak in April/May last year.

Any individual, association, voluntary organisation, NGO, religious organisation, corporate, firm or Trust may come forward for setting up a mini Covid care centre for asymptomatic patients. Stay, food, medicines and every other facility in such centres will be free.

Yashpal Garg, nodal officer, mini Covid care centres, said permission was granted to Sri Sathya Sai Gramin Jagriti to set up and operate a centre at Police Hospital, Sector 26, initially for a period of two months. In May/June 2021, the organisation had successfully operated a centre at Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 8-B.

Garg said one such centre at Bal Bhawan, Sector 23-B, and another at Indira Holiday Home, Sector 24, were already functioning.

Chandigarh reports 666 new Covid-19 cases

Chandigarh on Sunday reported 666 new Covid-19 cases up from 541 cases recorded a day earlier to take the cumulative number of infections to 68,421.

The number of cases saw a 23 per cent increase on Sunday.

The number of active cases has risen to 2,364, up from 1,794 a day before.

The death toll remains 1,080 as no new death was reported.

A total of 96 patients were discharged, including persons from home isolation who have completed seven days and are asymptomatic, as per Ministry of Health guidelines.

A positivity rate of 14.36 per cent was recorded as 4,637 samples were tested in the last 24 hours.

A positivity rate of 12.54 per cent has been recorded in the last seven days an average of 337 cases were recorded.

As many as 64,977 people have been cured till date.

Naishaa of Maharashtra emerges winner in sub-junior ranking badminton tourney

Chandigarh, January 9

Maharashtra’s Naishaa Kaur Bhatoye registered a brilliant comeback win over Delhi’s Anwesha Gowda to bag the girls’ U-15 title, on the concluding day of the First Ashwani Gupta Memorial All India Sub- Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament at Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Sector 3, today.

Naishaa lost the first game 17-21, but only to register 21-14 21-16 return in the title clash. Delhi’s Vansh Dev stunned top seed Devang Tomar 21-13 21-6 to win the boys’ U-15 final. In the boys’ U-15 doubles final, Bjorn Jaison and Aathish Sreenivas PV defeated Sanrekh Kumar Chaurasia and Kapil Salouniya 21-13 22-20.

Medhavi Nagar and Baruni Parshwal won the girls’ U-15 doubles title by defeating Tanvi Reddy Andluri and Durga Isha Kandrapu 21-15 21-19.

In the U-17 mixed doubles final, Mayank Rana and Palak Arora registered a 21-8 21-13 win over Bhargav Ram Arigela and Pragati Parida. Rakshitha Sree S won the girls’ U-17 final by defeating Aishani Tiwari 21-18 21-17. The pair of Suryaksh Rawat and Aanya Bisht won the U-15 mixed doubles final by defeating Ritom Howbora and Bhavishya Changmai 18-21 21-19 21-19.

In the girls’ U-17 doubles final, Navya Kanderi and Rakshitha faced a tough resistance from Palak Arora and Unnati Hooda before recording a 23-25 21-11 21-19 win.

In the boys’ U-17 final, top seed Sanskar Saraswat defeated third seed Numair Shaik 21-9 21-13. Divyam Arora and Mayank Rana won boys’ U-17 doubles title by logging a 21-14 21-17 win over Nicholas Nathan Raj and Tushar Suveer.

One succumbs to Covid in Mohali

One person succumbed to Covid in the past 24 hours in the district, taking the number of deaths to 1,077. The deceased was a 70-year-old resident of Zirakpur. He was admitted to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh.

Meanwhile, the district logged 766 cases of Covid, the highest single-day count after over seven months. A maximum number of 716 cases were reported on May 18 last year. A total of 71,717 cases have been reported in the district, of whom 68,064 have been cured. 

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