Chandigarh district education officer Harbir Singh Anand, 58, who had tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday passed away in early hours on Saturday after his blood oxygen level dipped.
Anand had opted for home isolation, but was shifted to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, when his condition worsened, confirmed health officials. He was a resident of Nayagaon in Mohali. His case has been added to neither Chandigarh’s nor Mohali’s tally so far.
Anand was earlier principal of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10, from 2014 to 2019. In an unfortunate turn of events, his death happens to have coincided with Teachers’ Day.
“He had served the department for 33 years and was well respected by everyone,” said Bhag Singh Kairon, president of Joint Action Committee of Government School Teachers of Chandigarh.
Three other employees of the DEO office in Sector 19 had also tested positive along with Anand. UT education secretary Sarpreet Singh Gill said: “We are following the protocol and will get all employees of the DEO office and who had come in contact with Anand and other three employees tested. For now, the office has been closed.”
234 fresh cases, 1 more death
Meanwhile, for the fifth consecutive day, more than 200 Covid cases were reported in Chandigarh. A death was also confirmed, taking the toll to 69. Also, 185 patients were discharged, including those who were asymptomatic and completed 10 days in home isolation.
With 234 fresh cases, the total has reached 5,502, of which 2,140 are active. As many as 70% of them are in home isolation. The person who died has been identified as a 27-year-old man from Sector 14, who also suffered from diabetes.
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