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Himachal: COVID-19 Death Toll Rises to Nine with Another Fatality, Total Cases Rise to 1041

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Shimla-The COVID-19 death toll for Himachal Pradesh rose to nine with the death of a 70-year-old man at the Nerchowk Medical College and Hospital on Friday night. The victim was identified as a resident of Sujanpur area of Hamirpur district. The man was a patient of diabetes and kidney-related disease. Of the total nine deaths due to COVID-19, six have been reported in those suffering from a kidney-related disease.

Till Saturday afternoon, the total number of positive cases had risen to 1041, of which 331 are active, and 686 had recovered. Yesterday, the State had reported 19 cases while 39 persons recovered. These cases were reported from Una (6), Kinnaur (4), Hamirpur (3) Kangra (2), Chamba (2), Mandi (1), and Solan (1) districts.

The infected included an ASHA worker too. The six cases reported from Una district also include a policeman, who is said to be the driver of the DSP, Amb. Following the arrival of the report, the DSP Office was sealed and would be opened after sanitization. So far, the administration had not found any travel history of the infect policeman. Samples of about few policemen at the DSP office were not taken based on travel history or appearance of symptoms. 

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A factory in Nalagarh area of Solan district was sealed after a worker tested positive. The worker was reportedly staying at a housing colony and have a travel history. His sample was taken after he complained of fever, a district health official said. 

According to the latest update received from the State Health Department at 5:00 PM, eight new cases were reported today from Hamirpur (7) and Kangra (1). The seven patients from Hamirpur reportedly belong to two families who had recently returned from Delhi.

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for July 4 (Till 5:00 PM)

Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 death toll

In terms of cases, Kangra district has reported 283 cases – highest in the State so far. Currently, the district has 92 active cases. Hamirpur district is right behind Kangra with a total of 263 cases, of which 75 are active.

Una (111) and Solan (119) districts have also reported a high number of cases. Kullu (5) and Lahaul-Spiti (4) are the least affected districts. In Kullu, the number of active cases is zero as all patients have been cured.

However, as the State Government has now issued a notification regarding the opening of State borders for visitors and has also allowed entry of tourists and tourism activities without the need for an e-pass or permission from concerned administrations. Public transport has also been allowed to run with 100 percent occupancy.

It would be no surprise if the number of cases witnesses a sudden spurt due to this decision of the Government.

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Himachal: Education Minister, 22 Teachers in Three Schools, SDM Test Positive for COVID-19

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Shimla-Ahead of re-opening of schools for regular classes from November 2,  22 teachers in three schools of Mandi district – Sarkaghat, Killing, Thunag- have tested positive. Today, Education Minister Govind Singh Thakur and a person in his staff also tested positive. He informed regarding the report through a social media post. He has quarantined himself at his residence, he said. He has requested other people who have come in contact with him recently to get tested and isolate themselves.

Besides, the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Joginder Nagar, has also tested positive.

A total of 332 new cases with two deaths were recorded on Wednesday, according to the statistics provided by the Health Department. So far, about half a dozen ministers and the Chief Minister have tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered too. 

Four deaths have been reported today (till 12 pm), and the COVID-19 tally for the state had reached 21150, of which 2513 were active cases.  

So far, a total of 298 persons have lost their lives due to COVID-19, if the official statistics to be believed. The actual number of cases, as well as, deaths could be higher due to a community spread. However, so far, the state government has not given any projection regarding the actual numbers.

Till yesterday evening (9 PM), a total of 380415 persons had been tested for COVID-19 in the state.   

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Nauni Varsity COH&F to Prepare ‘Peoples Biodiversity Registers’

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Hamirpur-The College of Horticulture & Forestry (COH&F), Neri, Hamirpur, a constituent College of the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni is preparing Peoples Biodiversity Registers (PBRs) of Hamirpur, Una, Bilaspur and Chamba districts and 15 blocks. The project has been funded by the HP State Biodiversity Board, Shimla for which the university has been sanctioned a budget of Rs 27.50 lakh, informed the Public Relation Officer of the varsity Suchet Attri.

He informed that these PBRs contain comprehensive information on biodiversity components such as plants, animals, microbes, insects and their possible use by the local communities in the BMC areas. Further, PBRs also include information on topographic and socio-economic parameters including human population, climate, topography, natural ecosystems, livestock resources, livelihood patterns, etc.

He said that in addition, these 32 types of formats including agricultural, fodder crops, fruits, medicinal, ornamental, timber plants, weeds, pests and insects of crops, microbial diversity, domesticated animals, fish diversity, the market for domesticated animals, market/fairs for domesticated animals, and other products, people-scape, landscape, waterscape, soil type, trees, shrubs, herbs, tubers, grasses, climbers, wild plant species of importance, wild plants of medicinal importance, wild relatives of crops, wild ornamental plants, wild fumigate/chewing plants, timber plants, other plants in the wild, wild animal species, wild aquatic biodiversity and wild aquatic species of importance are covered under the PBR.  

UHF Vice-Chancellor Dr Parvinder Kaushal said,

 “Once these PBRs are prepared, the University, the Biodiversity Board and the concerned BMCs will have all information about the biological resources, their sustainable use, threatened species, etc. found in different blocks of these districts. This information will be helpful for any type of future planning and research on conservation and sustainable harnessing and judicious use of biological resources found in these districts”.  

Attri informed further informed that these PBRs are being prepared as per the Biological Diversity Act 2002, and in accordance with the standardized formats of the National Biodiversity Authority, Chennai. Dr Dushyant Sharma, Assistant Professor, COH&F Neri has been designated by the University as a Nodal Officer for the preparation of these PBRs. Dr Sanjeev Banyal, Dr Deepa Sharma, Dr Ravi Bhardwaj and Dr Richa Salwan will also be a part of the project. 

The Biological Diversity Act 2002 has been enacted by the Parliament of India for conservation, sustainable use and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the use of the biological resources. Under this Act, committees named as Biodiversity Management Committees (BMCs) have been formed at all 3371 local body levels in the State.

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Jio TV Launches Three new Channels in Himachal for Elementary, Higher and Vocational Education

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Shimla– Jio TV has launched three new Elementary, Higher and vocational channels in Himachal Pradesh. The Government of Himachal Pradesh has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Jio TV on 20th August, 2020 so that Education Department could reach the students. The government said that soon two more channels would also be started for students.

E-content of every subject for students of 1st to 12th classes would be made available on Jio TV. If any student is unable to view this e-content as per the subject schedule due to any reason, then the missed e-content will be available in catch up throughout the week. On converting this facility to video on demand, the overall education is going to be made available through Himachal Pradesh Jio TV soon, the government said.

In the view of COVID-19 pandemic, currently, the state government is running WhatsApp groups for pre-nursery to 12th standard. Other than that, Gyanshala programme is being run for class 10th and 12th through Doordarshan Shimla.

According to the state government, online content is being prepared by 200 teachers (State Resource Group) of the state.

It’s pertinent to mention that students of government schools have been facing a huge loss in terms of studies as WhatsApp groups haven’t proved effective enough to be termed as online education. As most children in government schools come from economically weak background and rural areas, procuring smartphones and Internet service is no less than a challenge for them. While private schools are using web applications like zoom and google hangout to conduct online classes, according to several teachers, government school students and their parents are not taking study through WhatsApp groups seriously.

The state government has yesterday decided to open schools for regular classes for students of 9th to 12th standard. The syllabus has been cut short but still teachers are likely to face tough time covering it.

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