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



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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:

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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



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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:

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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)


Himachal Pradesh covid-19 cases on november 10

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