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Curfew Relaxed for Private Vehicles, Institutional Quarantine Only For Red Zone Returnees With Better Facility on Paid Basis: CM Jairam

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Shimla-On Monday, Himachal Pradesh reported one new COVID-19 positive. This 63-year-old man had returned from Delhi on May 8th and was in home quarantine. On May 10th, he was taken to a hospital in Dharamshala on the appearance of symptoms. His sample was sent to Tanda Medical College & Hospital for testing. His report was found to be positive. Now, the total number of cases in the State is 59. The number of actives cases has risen to 18.

The Chief Minister Jairam today accepted that return of stranded people from other States has led to a rise in cases in the State.

“One lakh people have already arrived in the State from various parts of the country. This has resulted in an increase of COVID-19 positive cases in the State. The total number of  patients in the State was 40 a week ago, but within a week it has gone upto 59, which is a matter of concern,”

said the Chief Minister.

However, despite this concern, he decided to further relax conditions on the movement of people and private vehicles. He decided to allow the intra-district movement of people on foot and in private vehicles without a curfew pass. Now anyone can come out and drive personal vehicles during the seven-hour curfew relaxation. But inter-district movement would be allowed with a permit, except from the Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh area.

Institutional Quarantine Only for People Coming from Red Zones

Yesterday the Government had announced that institutional quarantine would be mandatory for all people returning to the State. However, today, the Chief Minister changed his mind and announced that only people coming from red zones and those with ILI symptoms would be placed under institutional quarantine.

“As many as 55 thousand people of the State have applied for e-pass for entering the State. As large number of these people would be coming from red zones, they would require institutional quarantine facility,”

said Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.

He also said that the decision of placing people under quarantine would be taken based on medical examination.  Better institutional quarantine facilities would be provided to those who are willing to pay, the Chief Minister added.

About 68,000 people of other States  stranded in Himachal Pradesh want to go back to their respective States, he said.

Special Trains to Arrive With Stranded People on May 13th and 15th

He said that a special train from Bengaluru would reach Una on 13th May at 6.00 AM and another special train from Thivim/Margao/Karamali (Goa)  would be reaching Una on 15th May 2020. He directed the DC Una to ensure there is no chaos.  He said that arrangements of food packets, water etc. should also be made to facilitate these people.

Thousands of people of the State have come back from various parts of the country having expertise in different fields, Jairam Thakur said, adding that the State Government has decided to undertake talent mapping of such people so that in case the lockdown prolongs and they wish to stay back home, their services could be utilized for benefit of the State.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur gave these directions to the Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of Police and Chief Medical Officers of the State through video conferencing from Shimla on Monday.

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Himachal: 58 More Patients Succumb to Covid-19, Total Active Cases Reach 36,633

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Shimla-The death toll in Himachal Pradesh reached 2,369 on Monday after 58 patients of coronavirus succumbed to severe symptoms of the infection. According to official data released by the state government, 3,546 new cases of coronavirus were detected in the last 24-hours. This takes the total cases of infection in the state to 1,63,786 out of which 36,633 are active cases.

With 24 deaths, the Kangra district reported the highest number of casualties on Monday.  The district also reported the highest 1241 cases. The Solan district reported 10 fatalities in the last 24-hours.; while at the same time, Shimla reported seven deaths. 45 patients who succumbed to Covid-19 in the last 24 hours had no comorbidities while 16 patients were under the age of 50. Out of 13,556 Covid tests that were run across the state, 647 remain awaited.

Also Read: Himachal’s Positivity and Fatality Rates for Last Week High at 28.9% and 1.52% Respectively

 

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Cases for May 17, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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The state government opened the vaccination drive for people in the 18-44 age group category on Monday. A total of 23,319 people received their first dose of vaccine across the state. While only 90 people across the state received their second dose of vaccine on Monday. 4,34,604 people have received both doses of the Covid vaccine by Monday. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said on Monday that for the latest vaccination drive, 213 centers have been set up in the state.  Under the 18-44 age group, 21,090 people have already booked their slots.  CM Thakur also urged people to observe Covid-prevention protocols like wearing face masks and sanitising hands at the Centres.

The next day of vaccination for 18-44 years is on Thursday and the sessions for the same would be made available on the COWIN portal on Tuesday. Other sessions for the vaccination would be held on May 24, May 27, and May 31. 

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Deaths in Himachal Pradesh for May 17, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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On First Day of Vaccination Drive in Himachal Pradesh (18-44 years), 19810 Vaccinated

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Shimla-Vaccination drive for 18-44 years age group in Himachal Pradesh has begun from today. On the first day of the drive, 19810 persons were administered the first dose of the vaccine in the state, informed the state health department. The highest 4121 persons were vaccinated in Kangra district, which is the epicentre of the pandemic in Himachal Pradesh.

For this drive, 213 vaccination centres had been set up in the State. The state government urged people to get registered and schedule their appointments

Registered persons have been asked to arrive at the vaccination centres as per their schedule to avoid overcrowding.

A total of 21090 people had registered so far. The next date of vaccination for 18-44 years would be 20th May 2021 and sessions for that day would be published on the COWIN portal on 18th May 2021. Other sessions for the vaccination would be held on 24th, 27th and 31st May 2021 for this age group.

The HP government claimed that 31 per cent of Himachal Pradesh’s population has been vaccinated and 21,50,353 doses of vaccine had been administered.

Vaccination drive for health care workers was stated on 16th January 2021, for front line workers on 2nd February 2021, for 60+age groups and 45-60 years with co-morbidities on 1st March 2021 and for 45+ population on 1st April 2021.

The government informed that 386 cold chain points had been established along with State Vaccine Store-I and Regional Vaccine Store-2 through which these vaccines were being distributed. These points were being monitored on Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN) basis.

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Himachal’s Positivity and Fatality Rates for Last Week High at 28.9% and 1.52% Respectively, Recovery Count 124434: HP Govt

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Shimla-So far 161072 persons have been tested for COVID-19 in Himachal Pradesh, out of which 124434 persons have recovered and the recovery rate is 75.5 per cent, the state government said in an official statement on Monday.   

From 200 active cases in the state in February 2021, the number has increased to 34258. Last week Himachal reported 28817 positive cases. The positivity rate was 28.9 percent and during the same period. During this period, the state reported 439 deaths- at a case fatality rate of 1.52 percent.

A total of 99807 Covid samples were taken. of which 28817 tested positive.

District-Wise Covid-19 Tests and Positive Cases in Himachal Pradesh During Last Week

District Persons Tested Found Positive
Bilaspur 10006 2055
Chamba 11149 2003
Hamirpur  7169 2255
Kangra  22824 8686
Kinnaur  2287 248
Kullu  3276 691
Lahaul and Spiti  2267 196
Mandi  10896 3471
Shimla  7926 2418
Sirmour  5948 2215
Solan 7945 2624
Una 8114 8114
     

 

The state government claimed that a delay in shifting the Covid patients in home isolation to hospitals was one of the major cause of fatality in Himachal Pradesh.

The government said that though a large number of people are recovering from the disease, many people are reporting a wide variety of signs and symptoms including fatigue, body aches, cough, sore throat, difficulty in breathing, etc during the recovery period. As of now, there is limited evidence of post-Covid complications, the government claimed.

Patients recovering have been strongly advised to continue Covid appropriate behaviour such as the use of mask, hand & respiratory hygiene, physical distancing, drink an adequate amount of warm water, take immunity booster medicines. Such persons were also advised to practice yogasana, pranayam, meditation and breathing exercises daily.

They must go for morning or evening walk, follow a balanced nutritious diet, have adequate sleep and rest, and avoid smoking and consumption of alcohol, the statement said. In case of persistent dry cough / sore throat, saline gargles and steam inhalation were suggested.

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