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Three more tests positive in Punjab; total rises to six

Chandigarh, Three more people in Punjab, have tested positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of patients to six, an official said on Saturday.

The latest patients belonged to Mohali town, adjoining Chandigarh.

Among the new cases is the sister of a 69-year-old woman who tested positive a day earlier. She has a travel history of Britain.

The second person is a 42-year-old resident who has recently returned from Britain. She has been admitted to a government hospital in Sector-16 in Chandigarh.

The third patient came in contact with a 23-year-old Britain returned coronavirus patient who has been undergoing treatment in Chandigarh.

Expressing concern over the escalating COVID-19 crisis, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a fiscal package to combat the crisis and for permission to get tests done at private hospitals and labs in the state.

Taking part in the deliberations during a video conference convened by the Prime Minister, Amarinder Singh said there was an urgent need to scale up the testing for the coronavirus, and the Centre should immediately allow reputed private medical colleges and super-speciality hospitals.

A total of 1,454 travellers have been home quarantined in the state, 47 government quarantined, and 18 are in hospital isolation.

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