Kangra: The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Himachal Pradesh has crossed the 900 mark as 22 more persons tested positive on June 28, 2020, according to the daily COVID-19 Bulletin released by the State Health Department yesterday evening (9:00). The total number of cases in the State has now jumped to 916, of which 378 are active.
While Kangra (262) and Hamirpur (238) has already crossed the 200 mark, the number of cases in Una (104) has now crossed 100.
Further, as per the Bulletin, these 22 new cases were reported from Kangra (11), Una (3), Solan (3), Chamba (1), Shimla (1), Sirmaur (1), Mandi (1), Kinnaur (1).
One more policeman posted at the Bhawanagar Police Station tested positive. Yesterday, three policemen posted at the same PS were found COVID-19 positive, following which the Station was sealed and over 40 policemen were quarantined.
Further, two jawan of the Border Security Forces (BSF) and two army jawans were among the cases reported yesterday. While one of the BSF jawan was said to have returned from Jammu, the other have a travel history from Delhi.
In Solan, an industrial unit was sealed after the wife of an employee tested positive for COVID-19.
HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for June 28 (Till 9:00 PM)
Himachal Pradesh Gets 500 Ventilators Frin Centre
Himachal Pradesh has been provided with 500 ventilators by the Central Government. Of these, two hundred have been received and three hundred are on the way and will be received in two days. The state earlier had 110 ventilators, now total will be 610, the State Government informed.
According to the Additional Chief Secretary Health RD Dhiman, there are 178 transport ventilators given by the centre and the rest are ICU ventilators, which have been given free of cost to the state government.
He further informed that these ventilators are being installed in all medical colleges, all district hospitals and other COVID related health institutions in the state. The medical staff is being trained to operate these ventilators.
Further, in India, coronavirus count jumped to 5.4 lakh on Monday after the country reported more than 19,000 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours.
The global number of reported coronavirus fatalities stands at 500,108, according to figures gathered by Johns Hopkins University in the United States.
The total number of infections worldwide stands at 10,063,319.
Himachal Pradesh: 662 New Cases & 7 Deaths in 24 Hours, Over 4500 Cases & 55 Deaths in 9 Nine Days
Shimla– The number of new daily COVID-19 cases and deaths in Himachal Pradesh was reported to be 662 and seven respectively on Friday till 7 pm. Kangra district reported the highest 165 new cases and four fatalities, while Sirmaur, Shimla, and Mandi recorded one fatality each.
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Solan followed Kangra district with 132 new cases.
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The COVID-19 case and death tallies have now reached 68173 and 1090 respectively. In April, the state has recorded a huge surge in cases. In the nine days of this month, the state has recorded 4568 new cases and 55 COVID-19 deaths – a rate of more than six deaths per day.
The state government today reviewed the situation in its Cabinet meeting and expressed concern. However, no restrictive measures were taken except extending the closure of all educational institutes till April 21.
Chief Minister Jairam Thakur had been maintaining that a lockdown would be the last resort.
Further, the state government today said that to make vaccination people’s movement, 11th to 14th April may be celebrated as ‘Teeka Utsav’.
The government said that the biggest matter of concern was that the virus was spreading at a fast pace. In addition to this, the number of death has also increased rapidly. All the districts have been advised to enhance their capacity be it bed capacity, quarantine capacity and medical equipment capacity etc.
Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said that strict action must also be taken against those involved in gross violation of SOPs. He said that the hoteliers must also strictly follow the SOPs so that the State Government may not be forced to take action. He said that laxity shown by the people has resulted in sharp resurgence of Covid cases in the State.
It’s pertinent to mention that during the campaigning for the elections to Municipal Corporations, all parties and their leaders including the Chief Minister violated all SOPs without attracting any action. The parties also faced criticism for ignoring public health for the sake of political interests, thus, setting wrong examples for the public.
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HP Cabinet Decisions: Educational Institutes Closed Till April 21 Amid COVID-19 Surge, No Decision on Other Restrictions
Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet today held a meeting in which it expressed concern over the sharp surge in Covid-19 cases in the State. The Cabinet decided to keep all educational institutions closed till April 21. The institutes would also remain closed for teaching and non-teaching staff except the staff required for exam duties till the 21st of this month.
A decision was taken to fill up 311 posts of Forest Guards in the Forest Department on a contract basis through direct recruitment. These include already approved 113 posts of Forest Guards by the State Cabinet during its meeting held on 9th of March this year.
The Cabinet decided to fill up 25 posts of Agriculture Development Officers on a contract basis in Agriculture Department through HP Public Service Commission against direct recruitment quota.
It decided to implement the central sector scheme SVAMITVA in the state for surveying the land parcels in rural inhabited areas using Drone technology. For this, Revenue Department would be designated as the Nodal Department for implementation of the scheme with the support of the Panchayati Raj Department. For this, MoU would be signed with the Survey of India for starting the scheme in the State. A State Steering Committee, State Project Management Unit and District Project Monitoring Unit would also be constituted for effective implementation of the scheme.
The cabinet also gave its nod to extend employment on compassionate ground to the eligible indigent of the deceased employees against available vacant posts of Class-III and Class-IV in relaxation of five percent quota as against the available vacant posts of class-III and Class-IV in DC offices of Shimla, Kinnaur, Solan and Kangra and office of Settlement Officer Kangra Division.
It also gave its consent that the project for the development of multi-storey parking-cum-shopping complex at U-Block Mandi may be awarded under PPP mode to the highest bidder at an annual concession fee of Rs. 63,63,000 plus GST and all other applicable taxes per annum, as per terms and conditions of RFP. The selected bidder would also pay an upfront premium of Rs. 2 crores to the authority by way of five equal instalments of Rs. 40 lakh each for 24 months starting from the compliance date.
The cabinet also gave its approval for the creation of five posts of different categories for each newly created Nagar Panchayats viz Shahpur, Chirgaon, Nerwa, Nirmand, Anni, Kandaghat and Amb for smooth functioning of these newly created Nagar Panchayats.
Presentations were also made before the Cabinet by Jal Shakti Department on the prevailing drought situation in the State. It was decided to hold a review meeting under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister including all the stakeholder departments for further decisions.
Una Murder Case: Body of 22-Year-Old Girl Exhumed, Enraged Villagers Create Ruckus
Una-The alleged murder of a 22-year-old girl in Jadla Kohri village under the Gagret sub-division of Una district created a stir on Wednesday as the police exhumed her body from near a temple complex.
According to the allegations, a man who was identified as one of the ‘pujaris of the temple, has admitted killing the girl. He reportedly admitted hitting her on the head with an iron rod and later burying the body.
The Deputy Superintendent of Police, Amb, has confirmed the report.
According to the initial information, the girl was missing since April 3, 2021, and a complaint regarding the same was filed at the local police station in Gagret the next day.
The police zeroed in on the said accused based on call details and reached the temple today. A large number of villagers also followed the police. When the police exhumed the body based on the location identified by the accused, angry villagers turned violent and demanded handing over the accused to them. A minor clash between police and villagers was also reported. Villagers vandalized the temple premises.
Amid this tense atmosphere, police somehow protected the accused from the enraged mob and managed to get him out safely.
The body of the girl was sent for post-mortem, the Superintendent of Police, Una, Arjit Sen, confirmed.
Though not officially confirmed, some local media reports suggested that the deceased and the accused were known to each other. The girl had recently got engaged to another man.
Further details are awaited.
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