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Solan Reports Single Day Spike of 33 COVID-19 Cases, Kangra Nears 300 Mark

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Latest Himachal Pradesh covid update

Shimla-On Thursday, 39 more persons tested positive for COVID-19 in Himachal Pradesh. Of these, 33 cases were reported from Solan district alone. Remaining cases were reported from Shimla (3), Una (2), and Mandi (1).

According to the latest official update received from the Health Department, with the appearance of new cases, Himachal’s COVID-19 tally rose to 1140, of which 283 are active, 833 have cured, and nine died. Kangra is about to cross the 300 mark with a total of 298 cases till Thursday (9 PM). The total for Hamirpur has reached 268, while Solan (159) and Una (133) are heading towards the 200 mark.

Among 33 cases reported from Solan district, about 29 were said to be workers of a factory. According to the initial information available, samples of several workers were taken after one of them had tested positive earlier. This single-day-spike has created a stir in the area. Other four cases were reported from Arki and Jhadmazari area. More details were awaited at the time of the writing.

The total for Shimla district rose to 52 with the appearance of three new cases from Rohru. Two of these persons had returned from Jammu & Kashmir and were home-quarantined in a hut belonging to the Food & Civil Supplies Department near HPMC Building, Rohru. The said building has been sealed. Remaining one person- a returnee from Delhi-was kept under institutional quarantine at HP PWD rest house. The SDM, Rohru, BR Sharma confirmed the report.

Two persons who tested positive for COVID-19 in Una includes an 80-year-old woman with a travel history from Punjab. She was home-quarantined.

In Mandi, a returnee from Kerala, who was home-quarantined, also tested positive.

According to the official statistics provided by the Health Department, a total of 94720 persons have been tested in the State so far and currently, 20225 are under active surveillance.

While the number of cases continues to rise in the State, HP Government has opened borders for all without the need of an e-pass or permission from district administrations. Anyone with a COVID-19 negative report of an Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)  accredited laboratory not older than 72 hours and booking of a minimum five days can enter the State for tourism purpose.

This decision has attracted huge criticism from every section of the society including the hospitality industry. There is a wide-spread fear among residents that this decision could fuel the corona outbreak in the State.

Further, as another big blow, a new study by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) researchers has predicted that India could see 2.87 lakh cases daily by Feb 2021. The same study also calculates that coronavirus cases are actually 12 times higher, with 50 percent more deaths.

To add to the fears of Indians, Centre and State Governments have begun to advise people to learn to live with coronavirus.

District-Wise COVID-19 Cases in Himachal Pradesh Till July 9, 2020 (9:00 PM)

Himachal pradesh Corona update for july 9

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Himachal: 80% Voter Turnout in 2nd Phase of Panchayat Polls

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Election Commission informed that the elections for 1208 Gram Panchayats were held today in the second phase in which around 80 percent polling was registered.

Overall, 75 COVID-19 patients and persons in isolation cast their votes as per the standard operating procedures.

The highest polling has been registered in Nandpur Gram Panchayat of Nalagarh developmental block of Solan district where the voter turnout was reported to be 96 percent.

The poll was held peacefully and there was no report of any untoward incident in the state. The counting of votes for Pradhan, Up-Pradhan and members was under the process and the results were awaited till late evening. The counting of votes for Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti will be held on 22 January 2021 at block headquarters.

Election-related process and results have been uploaded for the general public on sechimachal.nic.in.

The election for third and final phase for 1137 Panchayats would be held on 21 January 2021.

The first phase of elections to Panchayati Raj Institutions in Himachal Pradesh was held in 1228 Gram Panchayats on January 17, 2021. The overall polling percentage in the first phase was reported to 77.50%.

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Bird Flu Confirmed in Dead Poultry Dumped Near Himachal Borders, Ban on Poultry Products Extended   

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Himachal Pradesh Extends Ban on poultry

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Government has temporarily extended the ban on entry of poultry and poultry products into the State from neighbouring states for one more week. A notification to this regard was issued on January 18, 2021.

 The Government said that during the past few days, there had been incidences of dumping of dead poultry in the border areas of the State. Samples were collected from these dead birds, and disposed of the remaining birds as per protocol, it said. NIHSAD Lab, Bhopal, has confirmed Avian Influenza-H5N8 in the dumped birds.

Hundreds of dead poultry birds were found dumped along the Parwanoo-Solan stretch on the National Highway. The police was yet to identify culprits responsible.

However, the State Government said that the Flu has not been detected in the local poultry.

The State Government said that a “Bird Flu” outbreak was notified on January 6, 2021, in Pong Dam wetland of district Kangra. The count for migratory bird death due to the Flu had mounted to 4936 till January 18, 2021. On January 17, only 21 migratory birds died in the Pong Dam wetland area.

The State Government said a sharp decline was reported in death of migratory birds due to avian influenza outbreak in the Pong dam lake wildlife sanctuary.

Ten Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) of Wildlife Wing would continue to work in the wetland for collection and safe disposal of dead birds as per protocol till no mortality is recorded. 

Till January 18, 2021 outbreaks of Avian Influenza have been confirmed in 5 States for poultry birds and in 9 States for crows, migratory and wild bird.

Culling of poultry birds had to be taken in all the affected epicentres including CPDO, Mumbai. Culling operation of poultry in Haryana was also underway. The outbreak has is causing losses worth crores to poultry farmers. 

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447 Cases of Adverse Effect Including 3 in Himachal Reported Post COVID-19 Vaccination

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Shimla– Amid skepticism over the COVID-19 vaccination, India has reported over 400 cases of adverse effect post-vaccination, informed the Ministry of Health. To be more specific, a total of 447 Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFIs) were reported on 16th Jan & 17th Jan’21.

Out of these, three required hospitalization. Of these, one was discharged from Northern Railway Hospital Delhi within 24 hours; one was discharged from AIIMS Delhi, and one is under observation in AIIMS Rishikesh and is being monitored.

Most of the AEFIs reported so far are minor like Fever, Headache, Nausea etc.

In Himachal Pradesh, about three cases of AEFIs were reported on day 1 of vaccination drive. These were reported from Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College Tanda, Kangra, Civil Hospital Paonta Sahib, and Maharishi Markandeshwar University Medical College, Solan.

In these cases, symptoms reported included dizziness, anxiety, nausea and shivering and persons recovered after management as per protocol, it was informed.

In Himachal, 2,499 health care workers were to be administered dose through 27 identified sites in the State on January 16. However, only 1535 healthcare workers could be vaccinated on the first day. It was 61 percent of this set target. The second round would be held today.  

Two types of COVID-19 vaccines have been supplied for the vaccination drive. These include Covishield vaccine (made by Serum Institute of India Ltd) that has been supplied to all States/UTs.

The second is Covaxin vaccine (made by Bharat Biotech International Ltd) that has been supplied to 12 States.

An Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI) is any unexpected medical occurrence which follows immunization. It may not be related to the vaccine or vaccination process. The Ministry had laid down protocols for reporting, immediate case management at vaccination session site, transportation and hospitalization and further care of such cases. Protocols are also in place for systematic investigation and causality assessment of serious AEFIs, the Ministry said.

India has vaccinated the highest number of persons on Day1 under its COVID19 vaccination program, the world’s largest such exercise.

Total of 2,24,301 beneficiaries have been vaccinated till today as per the provisional report.

The second day of the massive countrywide COVID-19 vaccination program was also conducted successfully. A total of 553 sessions were held in six States. As many as 17,072 beneficiaries were vaccinated on Day2, as per the provisional reports.

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