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Testing Ratio 700 per Million in Himachal, Entire Population Screened for Influenza-like Symptoms: CM Jairam tells PM



Jairam Thakur Suggest PM Modi extending lockdown

Shimla-Today, Prime Minister Narender Modi interacted with the Chief Ministers of States through a video conference. The Chief Minister claimed that the Active Case Finding (ACF) Campaign in Himachal Pradesh has helped in the screening of the whole population of the State for any Influenza-like Illness symptoms. He said the PM has appreciated the State Government for the ACF.

Chief Minister said that six districts of the state are in the green zone and not even a single case of coronavirus has been reported in these districts. He felt the need to continue the lockdown in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, he said, the States should be allowed to start their economic activities particularly in the green zone.

The testing ratio of the State is 700 per million of population, which, the CM claimed, is one of the highest in the country. He said it was done with the help of a team of 16,000 officials including Asha workers, Anganwadi, paramedics and police and all ILI patients are being tested for corona.

So far, a total of 5106 persons have been tested for COVID-19, out of which 5022 were found to be negative, and result of 44 others was awaited. Forty  of the tested persons were found to be positive, out of which 25 have been declared recovered and four migrated to outside state. Himachal has reported only one death due to COVID-19 so far. Remaining 10 persons are under treatment in the hospitals of the State.  He said that no case of coronavirus has been reported during the last five days from any part of the State. As many as 5852 people are still under active surveillance.  

The first case for coronavirus in the State was reported on 19th March, following which a curfew was imposed in Kangra district. On 24th March, the whole State was placed under curfew to break the chain of coronavirus.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur urged the Prime Minister to provide an adequate number of ventilators to meet out any eventuality. He said that manufacturing in pharma units in the State has started and is meeting out the requirements of the country as well as the world. He said that almost 80 percent pharma is in the MSME sector, therefore, the Union Government should provide all possible help to ensure smooth supply of chemical and raw material. 

Jai Ram Thakur said that the State Government has constituted a Task Force to restart economic activities within the State. He said that Himachal Pradesh was a tourist State as lakhs of domestic and foreign tourists visit the State every year. But the Corona pandemic has completely ruined the tourism industry in the State, he said. 

Similarly, apple plays a vital role in the economy of the State. There is an urgent need to ensure adequate supply of carton boxes and also better facility for smooth transportation of apple, he said.

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Himachal Reports 87 COVID-19 Deaths in 11 Days With a Steep Rise in Cases



COVID-19 deaths in Himachal pradesh on november 10

Shimla-With nine more COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, the tally for Himachal Pradesh has jumped to 399. The state is witnessing a surge in November as 87 deaths were reported during the last 11 days. Yesterday’s fatalities included seven males and two females aged between 45 to 87 years. Find the reasons for these fatalities below:

himachal pradesh -Update on covid-19 deaths

Further, according to the state Health Department’s official statistics, 610 new cases of COVID-19 were detected yesterday, of which Shimla reported highest (118) cases, followed by Mandi (116).

In Mandi district, as many as 26 more teachers and some students reportedly tested positive yesterday. The infected also included two doctors of Tanda Medical College, Kangra, and a couple of policemen in Sakoh.

Operation theatre at the Kamala Nehru Hospital, Shimla, was reportedly closed for a week. Similarly, the women police station in Shimla was also closed following the detection of a case.

Further, the state High Court has taken suo moto cognizance of a news report published in an English daily and issued a notice to the government. The news pertained to Indira Gandhi Medical College, which ran out of space for COVID-19 patients in isolation wards.

As per official data, the total for COVID-19 in the state had reached 27418 till yesterday evening (9 pm), of which 5605 were active cases. Mandi district has reported highest 4194 cases, followed by Solan (3958), Shimla (3725), and Kangra (3635).

The state government is barely speaking on the alarming rise in fatalities and its strategy to control it. But Chief Minister, while addressing a public meeting at Sihunta under Bhatiyat Assembly Constituency yesterday, did hail the Prime Minister and claimed that the nation is out of COVID-19 crisis.

“He (PM) has successfully brought the Nation out of Covid-19 crisis,”

Chief Minister said.

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for November 11, 2020 (9 pm)



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Himachal Reports 12 COVID-19 Deaths in Single Day, Surge in Cases in Shimla



Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 deaths till diwali

Shimla-COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc in Himachal Pradesh as a record 12 fatalities were reported on Tuesday. Of the 611 new positive cases yesterday, Shimla reported highest 148 with seven fatalities. The deceased included 11 males and a female aged between 47 to 92 years.  During the last three days, the state has reported 25 fatalities. Find the details regarding the causes of deaths below:

Himachal Pradesh Record COVID-19 deaths

The state government had yesterday decided to close all educational institutes in Himachal for 15 days after over a hundred teachers and students tested positive in schools. The government termed it as a special vocation for students, teachers, and non-teaching staff of all educational institutes.

The capital has witnessed a surge as over 750 cases were reported during the last six days. In the season of festivity and marriages, social distancing and other guidelines issued by the MHA for personal protection are being flaunted, which is only fueling the spread. 

On top of it, the COVID-19 Hospitals in the state have begun to run out of beds for patients in isolation wards. The largest medical facility in the state – Indira Gandhi Medical College & Hospital- was packed to its full capacity, which was only 85 beds. Dr Rajneesh Pathania, Principal of IGMC, confirmed the report. According to media reports, DDU hospital, Shimla, had also run out of space. The government is yet to prepare the make-shift hospitals it had announced a couple of months ago. 

So far, according to the official statistics, the state had reported a total of 26808 cases till yesterday evening (9 pm), and the official COVID-19 death tally had mounted to 390.

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for November 9, 2020 (9 pm)

Update Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 for november 10, 2020

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Amid Alarming Surge in COVID-19 Cases and Deaths, Hospitals Including IGMC Running Out of Space



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Shimla– Amid the festive season, Himachal Pradesh is witnessing an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases and fatalities. As a matter of huge concern, the Indira Gandhi Medical College & Hospital, Shimla, has run out of beds in isolation facility and can’t accommodate more patient, unless someone is discharged or dies. There was space for only 85 patients at the hospital, which is full presently.

The DDU hospital, too, is running out of capacity with a surge in cases. Further, make-shift hospitals announced by the state government haven’t seen light of day. IGMC is the largest medical facility of the state and COVID-19 patients in critical condition were referred here.  

The situation could worsen due to the ongoing festive and wedding season. Markets are crowded and people are hardly following social distancing norms in marriages.

Further, yesterday seven people including a 16-year-old girl lost their lives. The decision to open schools seems to be backfiring as hundreds of teachers and several students were found positive for COVID-19 during the past few days. There are speculations that the state government could decide on closing schools for some time in the Cabinet meeting to be held today.

Details regarding the causes of fatalities below:

Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 deaths in november 2020 f

On Monday, five doctors and nine staff nurses at the Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Government Medical College and Hospital, Nerchowk in Mandi district, tested positive.

Yesterday, the state reported a record 711 confirmed cases with seven fatalities in a single day. Shimla district reported the highest 204 confirmed cases.

The COVID-19 death tally has now mounted to 378, while the total number of cases had reached 26197 till yesterday evening (till 9 pm).

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for November 9, 2020 (9 pm)


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