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Himachal: COVID-19 Spread Under Control, 90% Patients Either Asymptomatic or Reported Mild Symptoms, Says Health Dept



Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 Spread

Shimla-The COVID-19 deaths in Himachal Pradesh rose to six as a 53-years-old woman from Sujanpur area of Hamirpur district died at Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, on June 11. She had returned from Delhi at the end of the last month and was a chronic kidney patient.

The total number of cases in the State rose to 451 with the appearance of six new cases on June 10, 2020. Two cases were ported from Sirmaur district including an army jawan. Kangra also reported two positive cases, while one cases was reported from Nalagarh in Solan. About 11 people were reported to have recovered yesterday. Further, at the time of writing, the total number had rose to 458 as this morning  seven new cases were reported from Chamba, Una and Solan.  While Solan and Chamba reported two cases each, three cases were reported from Una district. Details regarding one case were not available yet. 

District-wise Details of COVID-19 cases in Himachal Till 12:PM on June 11

Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 Upadte for June 10

Currently, there are 184 active cases in the State and Hamirpur district has reported highest 124 cases followed by Kangra at second place with 118 cases. Of this total, 250 have recovered and discharged. Eleven patients are taking treatment outside the State.

Out of a total six persons who have died of COVID-19 in the State, four were kidney patients. The researchers have already warned the people with underlying medical conditions, especially people with lungs or kidney-related diseases, are more vulnerable.

The situation in Himachal Pradesh Satisfactory & Under Control: RD Dhiman

On June 10, Additional Chief Secretary (health), RD Dhiman, issued a statement in which he said that as compared to other States, the situation in Himachal Pradesh is satisfactory.

“Considering the overall situation in the country, we can say that COVID-19 spread is under control, therefore, the public should shun all fears and need to remain alert and safe,”

Dhiman said.

So far, while the nation has reported a total of 2,76,583 cases, Himachal has reported only 0.16% (450) of this total.

India has conducted 50,61,222 tests for COVID-19 and this number for Himachal is 48, 923. The number of tests per million persons is 6589 in the State as compared to 3600 per million at the national level.  Rate of confirmation among tested persons is one percent in the state as compared to six at the national level, informed Dhiman.

“It’s should be noted that no patient was shifted to ICU as they did not need it,”

Dhiman said.

 A total of 7745 people have died of COVID-19 in India – a mortality rate is 2.43 percent. The mortality rate of Himachal is 1.32 percent with six deaths so far. 

The recovery rate of the Himachal is 57.1% as compared to national rate of 48.9 percent, he informed.

Dhiman also informed that in 90 percent of positive cases in the State, the patients were either asymptomatic or showed only mild symptoms.

Further, Dhiman said that all positive cases are being treated at the COVID Care Centres which have been established in spaces other than health institutes. He claimed that these centres have an adequate number of beds.

In the State, there are 26 dedicated COVID-19 Care Centre (DCC), 11 dedicated COVID Care Health Centres (DCHC), and six dedicated COVID hospitals (DCH).    


Kinnaur: Horrific Tragedy Unfolds as Bodies of 7 Out of 11 Missing Trekkers Recovered, Two Still Missing



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Kinnaur-A horrific tragedy is unfolding as bodies of seven trekkers, who had gone missing while trekking from Uttarkashi to Chitkul, were recovered by the teams of Army and ITPB from Lamkhaga Pass in Kinnaur district. Two of them have been rescued alive and were receiving medical treatment. Two trekkers are still missing and feared to be dead.

Most of these persons belonged to West Bengal. 

The rescue team could not lift the bodies due to the bad weather on Thursday as it had to suspend the search and rescue operation. The operation was resumed on Friday. The search operation for the remaining missing persons would be carried out on Saturday. The search and rescue teams found the bodies at an altitude of 5,000 metres.

According to the available information, a total of 17 persons – 11 trekkers and six porters- had left Uttarkashi on October 11 on a trekking expedition that was supposed to conclude in Chikul of Kinnaur district on October 19. However, the weather took a drastic turn and the region witnessed heavy snowfall on October 17 and 18.

While six Nepalese porters were said to have reached Chitkul, the trekkers had decided to stay in temporary tents at Lamkhaga Pass. The porters had informed the police about the stranded trekkers on reaching Chitkul on October 20.

The Deputy Commissioner, Kinnaur, Abid Hussain, confirmed that nine of these trekkers have been found. While two were alive, seven had died. The exact reason for deaths would be ascertained only after the post-mortem. Two trekkers still remain missing. More information is awaited.

It’s pertinent to mention that the Meteorological Department had issued warning of heavy rain and snow on October 18 alonwith an orange alert. 

Following are the details of the bodies recovered and persons rescued alive:

Deceased Persons

  1. Anita Rawat (38) D/o Sh. Jyoti Singh R/o M 95 Harinagar, West Bengal
  2. Tanmay Tiwari (30), S/o Sh R.C. Tiwari, R/o Kishan Nagar, Kolkata 3
  3. Vikas Makal(33) son of Swapan Maikal, Raghabpur Nepalganj, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal
  4. Saurabh Gosh (34) S/o Sushil Ghosh, R/o Nepalganj, South 24 West Bengal
  5. Subhayan Das (28) S/o Kajal Das, R/o 10/1A Nepal Bhatacharia G Streak Kalighat, West Bengal
  6. Richard Mandal (31) From West Bengal
  7. Upender (22) from Uttarkashi

Detail of Missing persons:

  1. Sukenh Manjhi(43) From West Bengal
  2. Gyan Chand (33) from Uttarkashi

Details of Injured Person

  1. Devendra Chauhan, S/o Hariram, R/o Village Gangad, Thana Mary, Uttarkashi. (company guide)
  2. Mithun Dari, S/o Swar Badal Ch Dari, R/o Prasadpur, PostAndhar Manik, South 24 Pargans, West Bengal


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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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