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Coronavirus: Himachal Shuts All Educational Institutes, Restriction on Public Gatherings, Celebration of Fairs, Festivals

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Shimla-While the number of persons infected with Novel Coronavirus in India has reached 82 with two deaths, Himachal Pradesh has once again taken a sigh of relief as test report of another suspected case has been confirmed to be negative. The suspected case was admitted to the Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, on Thursday.

The State has not reported any positive case yet, however, circulars have been issued to take preventive measures, especially prevention of any event or activity that is likely to cause huge public gatherings.

The Government of Himachal Pradesh had earlier on Friday ordered restriction on all sort of events in educational institutes till April 15, 2020, as a precaution against the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Yesterday, the Education Minister, Suresh Bhardwaj, had confirmed receiving advisory from the Centre regarding preventive measures to be followed during the period of restriction.

Also Read: How to Home Quarantine 

Today, the Chief Minister Jairam Thakur confirmed that a decision has been taken to keep all government and private schools, play schools, Anganwadis and colleges closed till March 31, 2020,  except for the ongoing examinations.

“There have been reported cases in all the neighbouring states like Jammu & Kashmir, Haryana and Punjab, and, in view of this, for the better enforcement of social distancing measures to prevent community transmissions of the virus, it has been advised by the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare that the mass gathering may be avoided or possibly be postponed till the disease spread is contained,”

the notification issued on March 14, 2020.

“All educational institutes including schools, colleges, universities, technical and vocational training institutes, ITI’s Polytechnic, engineering colleges, medical colleges, paramedical training institutes, Anganwadi’s, Creches, pre-nursery schools etc. in the public as well as private sector shall remain closed till March 31, 2020,”

the notification said.  

Similarly, teaching and other group activities in the boarding schools will remain suspended till March 31.

Further, because of forthcoming Navratras and other fairs, the notification said has mentioned directions that adequate number of surveillance personals should be deployed in and around temple premises, adequate hand-washing facilities including availability of soap should be ensured.

The district administrations have been directed to display adequate IEC material at all temples and repeated advisories should be issued advising pubic to refrain from visiting such places unless there are compelling reasons to do so.

Further district administrations have been directed to regulate the entry of people to temple premises to check any congregation of devotees at any spot.

He said over 500 persons have returned to Himachal from foreign countries but none of them has been tested positive so far.

Further, restrictions have been imposed on organization of tournaments, religious events, public celebrations of festivals and fairs to prevent gathering of crowds.

The State Government has also sealed the Lahaul-Spiti-Nepal border to check entry of Nepalese into the district. Two checkpoints have been established for scanning of those who would approach the border, said Agricultural Minister, Ram Lal Markanda.

The Government has also postponed the much-awaited International Paragliding Pre-World Cup that was scheduled to be held during March-April in the Kangra district.  Over 120 paragliders from over 25 countries were to take part in this tournament. The Director of Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali, confirmed that the tournament will be held in October this year.

COVID-19 is haunting the tourist/hospitality industry as the tourist season is about to begin in April.

The number confirmed COVID-19 cases in India has reached 82. Two deaths have been reported. Both victims were elderly persons, one a 76-year-old Karnataka man and another a 68-year-old woman in West Delhi.

Meanwhile, the worldwide death toll due to coronavirus pandemic has risen to 5,000 with 140,000, positive cases. The numbers are continuously rising in some of the worst-hit countries. In Italy, the number of positive cases was touching 18,000 marks with some 1,266 deaths.

On March 13, 2020, US President Donald Trump declared a national emergency over the pandemic as the number of positive cases reached over 2,000 with 48 deaths. According to WHO, Europe has become the epicentre for COVID-19.

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Pics of This Policeman Are Making HP Police Deptt Proud, Melting Hearts

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Policeman in Chail solan helping elderly during curfew

Solan-Pictures of a policeman approaching an elderly woman and later carrying a heavy bundle of fodder for her are making Himachal Pradesh Police proud. This policeman is being applauded by not only the people but also by his department. 

The pictures are taken in Chail area of the district where an elderly lady was carrying fodder for livestock from jungle during the relaxation period in curfew.

Head Constable Jasvir Singh Chail Solan

On seeing the elderly lady struggling with a bundle of fodder (green tree-leaves), which appeared to be heavy for her, an on-duty policeman carried the bundle on his back for her.

HP Police Helping People During COVID-19 Curfew

A resident of Kunihar in Solan district posted these pictures on his social media handle. He recognized this policeman as Head-Constable Jasvir Singh, who was also his classmate 17 years ago.

policeman in himachal helping old lady

We don’t know about this policeman in his personal life, but a mention of this gesture is important if seen symbolically in context to the police-citizens relationship.

This compassionate gesture of a policeman, in a time when the police is enforcing curfew and mostly seen dealing strictly with people to make them comply with the law, is melting hearts.

Visuals of people either being beaten or punished physically for breaking curfew did attract criticism not only from the people but also from the DGP SR Mardi.

However, the same policemen are also going a step ahead to help people in various ways during the COVID-19 crisis. In various districts, there are instances where policemen are even spending from their own pockets to help the needy around them. Perhaps, pictures of all of them won’t appear on social media but good policemen are there helping people while discharging their duty. 

These pictures remind us that policemen aren’t devoid of emotion and compassion.  Therefore it becomes duty of every citizen to support the police and make its job of maintaining law and order easier.

 

..SABHI POLICE KI VERDI WALE BURE INSAN NAHI HOTEInka naam mr.jasvir singh hai.mere shehar.(KUNHAR) ke nazdeek…

Posted by Sunny Shandil on Wednesday, 8 April 2020

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PPE Kits Prepared by Himachal’s Self-Help Groups Cost Only Rs 700: Govt

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Shimla- As the World is struggling in its fight against COVID-19, availability of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) kits for health professionals has also become a matter of prime concern. In this hour distress, Self Help Groups in Himachal Pradesh working under the Rural Livelihood Mission have geared up to meet the demand, the State Government Claimed today.  

Director of Rural Development and State Head Livelihood Mission Lalit Jain said that the Personal Protection Equipment kit prepared by SHGs would cost Rs. 700 and three SHGs have been trained so far with a capacity of 100 kits per day, he added. 

Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Virender Kanwar said that more than 50 Self Help Groups (SHGs) in the State were preparing and producing about 15000 masks everyday to give a helping hand in the fight against COVID-19. He said that 2000 women were involved in this task through various SHGs.

He said that about one lakh masks have been provided to various departments and organizations. The task of producing masks was being done on a war footing, he added.

He said that 3000 women farmers were being encouraged to develop kitchen gardens by utilizing minimum land so that fresh vegetables could be produced. He said that 11 young professionals have been given responsibility for guiding these women farmers and to ensure the marketing of their produce so that they could get a fair price. 

He claimed that an SHG in Sirmaur district has successfully prepared a sanitizer, which costs Rupees one hundred per 200 ml. He said that stress is being laid to train more SHGs to produce more masks.

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 COVID-19 Himahcal: Govt to Launch Extensive Campaign for Tablighi Jamaat Contact Mapping

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Shimla-For contact mapping of Tablighi Jamaat coronavirus infected persons in Himachal Pradesh, the State Government is launching an extensive campaign. The Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said that due to those who have symptoms of the infection and those having any connection with Nizamuddin Tablighi Jamaat of Delhi besides their close contacts, figure of coronavirus is increasing day by day sharply in the country as well as in the State.

The Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of Police and Chief Medical Officers of the State have already been directed to launch this campaign. Such persons, if found, would be kept in quarantine till they are not medically examined. 

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur urged the people to come forward to identify such people in their areas to check further spread of coronavirus.  He said that the State Government would not hesitate in taking strict action against those who would conceal information about their travel history and those who give shelter to them. 

Other than that Hospital Katha in Baddi area of Solan district has been notified as Hospital for treatment of COVID-19 positive patients. Patients from Solan and Sirmaur districts would be treated in this hospital.

He also claimed said that the State Government had started tele-medicine consultancy facilities in Health and Wellness centres to facilitate the people in getting treatment advise from specialists.

Chief Minister said that no laxity should be permitted in curfew.  He said that vehicles must also be restricted besides ensuring that people do not step out un-necessarily during the relaxation of curfew.  

COVID-19 Himachal Update

As of now, the Department of Health and Family Welfare confirmed that as many as 4855 persons have been kept under surveillance for coronavirus in the State. Out of it, 2387 persons have completed a surveillance period of 28 days. Today, a total of 128 samples were tested, out of which 126 have tested negative. Report of the remaining two is awaited. 

So far, the Department confirmed, 662 persons have been tested in the State for coronavirus. Report of 27 has been confirmed as positive cases. The State has reported one death, migration of four patients, and recovery of two persons. With this, the number of active cases of COVID-19 in Himachal is 20.

Four of the 27 cases have been reported from Chamba district, four from Kangra, seven from Solan, and 12 from Una district.

 

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