Chandigarh, April 30, 2020-
Punjab on Thursday saw 119 new cases of coronavirus, the highest single-day spike, with nearly 100 of them those who returned to the state either after a 1,750-km odyssey from the Sikh shrine in Maharashtra’s Nanded or Rajasthan’s Kota this week.
With the surfacing of the new cases, the total number of those infected with the virus rose to 494.
The fresh cases include 48 from Ludhiana, 28 from Amritsar, and 11 from Mohali.
A day earlier, Punjab recorded 35 Covid-19 cases and a majority of them were pilgrims and students.
As per official figures, nearly 3,500 pilgrims were expected to arrive from Takht Sri Hazur Sahib in Nanded where they were stranded due to the lockdown. A majority of them have reached Punjab in batches in government-arranged buses.
Likewise, 1,400 labourers and nearly 3,000 students who were studying in coaching institutes of Kota returned to the state, a government official told IANS.
The Health Department has decided to quarantine all returnees from outside the state for 21 days.
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