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3 Suspected Coronavirus Cases Put Himachal on High Alert

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Coronavirus cases in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla-Coronavirus, which originated from a Chinese market, has wreaked havoc in other countries as well. So far, 92,000 cases have been confirmed worldwide and the death toll has gone beyond 3100, according to the World Health Organization. The WHO on Tuesday announced that the global mortality rate from coronavirus was 3.4 percent. According to WHO, this is the case because COVID-19 (disease caused by coronavirus) is a new disease, and humans have no built up immunity to it. United States, Italy, South Korea are some of the worst hit countries.

In India, according to the Union Health Minister Hash Vardhan, 22 new cases of the coronavirus have been tested positive, which brings the total number to 28.Three patients have been discharged after treatment. 

Meanwhile,  suspected cases of coronavirus have put Himachal Pradesh on high alert too.  The CM would be holding a meeting on Wednesday to review the situation. So far, three suspected cases of coronavirus has been reported in the state. These cases have been confirmed by Chief Minister Jairam Thakur during the Budget Session of Legislative Assembly on 4th March. 

One of the three suspected patients was admitted to the Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, on 3rd March where he will remain in isolation for a couple of weeks. The person, a resident of Bilaspur district, had returned from South Korea, IGMC, Senior Medical Superintendent, Janak Raj, confirmed.

Though the suspected patient was screened negative for the virus at airport, he was directly taken to IGMC for more tests and observation.

Two more persons, a mother and her daughter, who returned from Italy, are admitted to Tanda Medical College, Kangra, the CM confirmed. However, none of them has been tested positive yet. 

The CM also admitted receiving directions regarding coronavirus in January. He claimed necessary preventive measures have been taken alongwith issuance of a health advisory. He said N-95 masks have also been made available at hospitals.

Symptoms

According to the CDC, symptoms of coronavirus include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath, which can appear anywhere between two days and two weeks after exposure. 

How to Protect Ourselves from Getting Infected (WHO)

  1. Wash your hands frequently
  2. Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
  3. Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  4. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  5. Practice respiratory hygiene
  6. Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
  7. If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
  8. Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
  9. Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider
  10. Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

 

 

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HP By-Polls 2021: Silence Period Extended to Three Days

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Shimla-The campaigning period during Himachal Pradesh by-elections has been fixed from 10 am to 7 pm every day. The silence period has been extended from two days to three days before the closing date of voting, which will start after 6 pm on 27th October 2021.

During the no active campaigning by the candidates or political parties is allowed, and television or any digital media cannot carry any election-related matter.

This information was released by Chief Electoral Officer, Himachal Pradesh, C. Paulrasu. He said that the Election Commission of India has limited the period of campaigning during by-election 2021 in view of the guidelines issued for the prevention of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He has urged all the candidates and political parties participating in the by-elections of Mandi Parliamentary Constituency and Fatehpur, Jubbal-Kotkhai and Arki Assembly Constituencies to comply with these guidelines related to the election campaign.

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Nauni Varsity Scholar Naincy Bags Scholarship to Pursue PhD in France

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Solan: Naincy Sagar, an alumna of Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has bagged a fellowship for pursuing PhD from France. Nancy has reached France and will be pursuing PhD in Forest Genetics from the University of Orléans under INRAE fellowship. INRAE is France’s National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment.

Naincy has completed her BSc Forestry from College of Horticulture and Forestry (COH&F), Neri in 2018 and MSc Forest Biology and Tree Improvement and Genetic Resources from UAS, Dharwad, under ICAR’s National Talent Scheme. Before leaving for France last week, Naincy was working as a Junior Research Fellow in a research project at COH&F, Neri.

She had applied for a PhD with a scholarship in Forest Genetics which was advertised by INRAE. Naincy was successful in the interview and was awarded a fellowship for three years for pursuing PhD at the University of Orléans. During the course of the PhD, she will receive a total scholarship of around Rs 70 lakh along with medical reimbursement. Naincy will be working on forest tree larch species in the Project titled ‘Vigour at what cost? ‘Trade-off’ of hybrid vigour in Larch-Phenological, morphological and physiological determinants of hybrid superiority in Larix X eurolepis’ with a team of 20 scientists of Joint Integrated Biology Research Unit having expertise in genetics, genomics and physiology for the enhancement of tree and forest diversity

Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Vice-Chancellor of the university spoke to Naincy via web conferencing and congratulated her. Dr. Kaushal, who has also done his doctorate from France, shared some tips and suggestions. He asked Naincy to explore this opportunity to learn about new cultures along with doing research that could help to enhance and conserve forest wealth in the future.

Naincy expressed gratitude towards her father Satya Prakash Sagar (Retd. SDO BSNL) and mother Monika Sagar, who is working as SDO in BSNL for their continuous support for higher studies. She also thanked Vice-Chancellor Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Dean Dr. Kamal Sharma and Dr. Dushyant Sharma, Project Investigator and all the university staff for their support and guidance. The university administration, Dean of COH&F Neri congratulated Naincy and wished her success.  

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Bad Weather Warning for Himachal, Tourists and Locals Advised Not to Venture into Higher Hills

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Shimla– The Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department, Shimla, has predicted heavy to very heavy rains for middle and lower hills on October 17th and 18th. The Met has also issued orange and yellow alerts for various districts.

Meanwhile, heavy snowfall has been predicted in higher hills and advisory has been issued for both locals and tourists to avoid travelling to higher hills.

While a yellow alert with a prediction of thunderstorms and lightning at isolated places has been issued for Una and Hamirpur district on October 17, an orange alert with a prediction of heavy rainfall, thunderstorm, lightning and hailstorm at isolated places has been issued for Bilaspur, Chamba, Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Solan, Sirmaur, and Kinnaur.

For October 18, a yellow alert has been issued for Una, Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Chamba, and Kullu districts and an orange alert for the remaining districts.

The Deputy Commissioner, Lahaul-Spiti, warned that in view of the Met Department’s forecast for the next two days, locals and tourists should avoid Manali-Leh National Highway (NH-03) and refrain from venturing into higher hills.

In case, travel is unavoidable due to some compelling circumstances, such candidates have been asked to confirm weather and road conditions on given telephone numbers, which are 9459661355, 01900-202509, 510, 517 and 1077.

The DC also informed that in case of any emergency, people should contact the District Disaster Management Cell, Lahaul-Spiti, on 01900 202509, 510, 517, and Tall Free -1077.

The weather is predicted to be dry on October 19 and 20. 

Feature Photo: Photo by Rodrigo Souza from Pexels

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