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Two-year-old among two fresh coronavirus cases in Punjab

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Two more people, including a two-year-old child, were tested positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 23 in Punjab, an official said.

The child is the grandson of the Germany-returned Nawanshahr man who died of cardiac arrest last Wednesday, Civil Surgeon Rajinder Prasad Bhatia over the phone.

The 70-year-old man, who had returned from Germany through Italy on March 7, had died before the arrival of his report, in which he was tested positive for the disease.

With the detection of his grandson as a COVID-19 patient, now 11 of his family members are infected with the virus.

The other patient, an 80-year-old woman, is the landowner of a friend of the Chandigarh's first coronavirus patient, an officials said.

A 23-year-old woman who had recently returned from London was tested positive for the disease last week after which her 27-year-old friend was also confirmed to be a case of coronavirus.

In Punjab, there are 15 confirmed coronavirus cases in Nawanshahr, five in Mohali, two in Amritsar and one in Hoshiarpur.

As of now, 251 samples have been tested, of which 183 were declared negative while reports of the rest 45 are awaited.

Close contacts of all confirmed case have been quarantined and surveillance, as per medical bulletin.

The Punjab government on Monday clamped a curfew to fight coronavirus, making it the first state to take the drastic measure after finding that many people were ignoring the state-wide lockdown ordered by it.

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First Published: Mon, March 23 2020. 20:42 IST