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16 contract COVID-19 in Chandigarh, tally rises to 218

Sixteen more persons contracted COVID-19 in Chandigarh on Thursday, taking the COVID-19 tally to 218 in the Union Territory.

Among them, 12 persons are residents of Bapu Dham Colony, the worst-affected area in the city, as per the medical bulletin. A total of 3,369 samples have been tested so far, with 3,125 samples coming out negative while the reports of 25 samples are awaited, as per the bulletin.

A total of 37 cases are active in the city, the bulletin stated. So far, three persons have died of the virus in the city. Meanwhile, UT Chandigarh Administrator VP Singh Badnore expressed grave concern over the rising number of positive cases in Bapu Dham Colony.

“It was decided to have a local sample collection centre in a school inside Bapu Dham Colony so that more testing could be done,” said an official release.

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