588 fresh Covid-19 cases, including 50 SSB jawans, surface in Uttarakhand | Dehradun News


DEHRADUN: With 588 fresh Covid-19 cases in Uttarakhand, the novel coronavirus tally reached 17,865 in the state on Friday. Among the new cases were 50 Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) jawans who have arrived from various states to SSB training centre in Chamoli for special training in warfare. Also, 11 more fatalities pushed the toll of the virus to 239 in the Himalyan state.
Dr GS Rana, chief medical officer (CMO) of Chamoli, told TOI that a total of 58 people tested Covid-19 positive in the district and these cases include 50 SSB jawans from SSB training camp in Gwaldam. It’s worth mentioning here that Gwaldam is one of the most premier defence training academies in India and is renowned for imparting training of “Guerrilla Warfare”.
“The SSB jawans were found infected in the random sampling that took place in the camp on Monday. A total of 117 test samples were collected from there. The test report of 50 jawans came positive late on Thursday night,” added the CMO.
Among the 588 new Covid-19 cases, the maximum of 185 were reported from the state capital Dehradun. Haridwar also reported 120 fresh cases on Friday, followed by 72 from Udham Singh Nagar, 55 from Nainital, 26 from Tehri, 18 from Pauri, 13 from Almora, 12 cases each from Pithoragarh and Bageshwar, six cases each from Champawat and Uttarkashi, and five from Rudraprayag.
Abhishek Tripathi, officer of Covid-19 control room, informed that among the 11 deaths reported on Friday, eight were recorded from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Rishikesh, one from Government Doon Medical College and Hospital (GDMCH), and two from Dr Susheela Tiwari Medical College in Haldwani.
Meanwhile, the infection rate of the state has reached 5.3 in Uttarakhand and the recovery rate stood at 67.8% on Friday. As many as 349 patients recovered and were discharged from hospitals on the day. The sample pendency shot up to 18,747 in the state as more than 10,000 test samples were collected on Friday, the highest figure in a single day so far.

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