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Himachal Reports 120 New COVID-19 Cases, Lockdown Imposed in BBN After Nahan

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Shimla-After reporting 109 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Thursday, 120 new cases appeared in Himachal Pradesh on Friday. According to the HP Health Department’s COVID-19 Bulletin (9 PM), these cases were reported from Bilaspur (1), Hamirpur (3), Kangra (15), Kinnaur (2), Kullu (2), Mandi (26), Shimla (3), Sirmaur (29), Solan (38), and Una (1).

In Shimla, the three cases include a policeman who had visited the Indira Gandhi Medical College after falling ill. On testing, he was found to be positive for COVID-19 infection. An arathi (trader) has also been tested positive in Theog region. He has travel history from Haryana. The third case is a contact of the Advocate General in Totu.  

Two employees of HP University, who were reportedly seen with the infected BJP leader from Mandi, have been asked to home-quarantine. The Chief Minister’s Office, courts, and the Office of the Advocate General remained closed after the Deputy Secretary to the Chief Minister tests positive a couple of days ago.

The total for the state has reached 1954, of which 781 are active and 1145 have recovered. The State also reported its 11th COVID-19 death as a 52-year-old from Jwalamukhi area passed late last night.

Also Read: Himachal Reports 11th COVID-19 Death, Lockdown Imposed in Nahan, BBN Could be Next  

Sirmaur and Solan continue to report a high load of cases, following which the district administrations have decided to impose a complete lockdown of two days in Nahan and BBN area.

As of now, a total of 127555 persons have been tested in the state.

On the other hand, the Additional Chief Secretary, RD Dhiman, had been adhering to statements claiming that situation is completely under control and that there is no community spread. He had been also been denying possibilities of lockdowns.

However, contrary to his statements, the officials of the district administrations in two districts had to impose complete lockdown in their worst-hit areas.

In Nahan, the lockdown would remain in force from July 24 (9 PM) to July 27 (9 AM). Only chemist shops/drug stores would be allowed to open. The Nahan-Renuka road would remain open but parking vehicles in the containment zone would not be allowed, the DC informed. 

In Solan district, there would be a complete lockdown from July 26 (12 AM) to July 28 (6 AM). The Deputy Commissioner, Solan, KC Chaman, confirmed the report and informed that the decision was taken after a video conference with the Chief Minister.

During these lockdowns, the district administrations are likely to undertake extensive sampling to contain the spread that has wreaked havoc in BBN area and Govindgarh (mohalla) in Nahan.

So far, Solan has reported highests 472 cases. The spike in cases in BBN area can be traced to three industrial units. About 180 cases been reported from Wrigley India,  Sara Textiles, and  Arihant Pharmaceutical. This spurt began after the state government gave relaxation in rules for entry to Himachal and quarantine of migrant labourers in a bid to re-open industrial units.  As this decision backfired, the state government against tweaked these rules after a few days. Later, government asked  the industrial units/contractors to take responsibility for arranging quarantine facility for migrant labourers being brought from other states. The government said it would be the responsibility of the management of the units operating in industrial zones to ensure that only those labourers were engaged in the work who have gone through the quarantine process.

Though the Additional Chief Secretary (Health) has been claiming that there is no need to fear as there is no threat of community spread, the Chief Minister had to address the people and repeat that the situation is serious. The Chief Minister again attributed the cause of this huge spike in COVID-19 cases to residents desperate to reach their homes. He also claimed that the state is heading towards the climax of the outbreak which is why the number is on the rise. The Chief Minister on Friday accepted that simplification in the rules regarding entry and movement of people from outside the state did cause a spurt.

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HP Health Department’s COVID-19 Bulletin July 24, 2020 (9PM)

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CM Jairam Thakur Tests Positive for COVID-19, Quarantined

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HImachal Pradesh CM Tests Positive for COVID-19

Shimla-Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Jairam Thakur, have tested positive for COVID-19 and has been quarantined at his official residence. The report was confirmed by the Chief Minister through a tweet in which he informed that he was under quarantine at his residence after coming into contact with a COVID-19 positive person. On the appearance of symptoms, he got himself tested and the report was found to be positive, he informed.

According to the initial report, the Chief Minister had come in contact with some COVID-19 positive persons in Manali. MLA of Banjar, Surinder Shourie, who was positive for COVID-19 had participated in the event organized on the occasion of the inauguration of Rohtang Tunnel, had also tested positive. Shourie had spent the entire day with the Chief Minister, reports said.

His private secretary had also tested positive, and there are chances that the Chief Minister might have contracted the infection from him. However, there is no certainty regarding the contact who infected the Chief Minister.

Other than Chief Minister, three Cabinet ministers – Urban Development Minister Suresh Bharadwaj, Power Minister Sukh Ram Chaudhary, Jalshakti Minister Mahender Singh- have tested positive so far.  Over ten MLAs have already tested positive and some of them have recovered too.

Meanwhile, despite community spread, the testing and tracing seem to have fallen and the fatality rate has witnessed a steep rise. Till 12 pm today, the COVID-19 death tally for the state was 245, and the total number of cases registered was 17414. But these are official statistics and these numbers are likely to be much higher. 

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Himachal: COVID-19 Kills 59 in 9 Days, Govt Still Clueless About Actual Number of Cases

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Himachal PRadesh Jairam Thakur

Shimla-COVID-19 continue to wreak havoc in Himachal Pradesh as the death tally spirals upward rapidly. Currently, 240 people have lost their lives due to COVID-19. Fifty nine of these deaths have been reported during the last nine days of October month, which is quite alarming. But contrary to that, the attitude of the state government, as well as, the public is becoming more casual. The SOPs issued by the government are hardly being followed anywhere. The fact that with the community spread, the cases of COVID-19 are falling in the official information released by the state Health Department.

On October 9, the Department traced only 199 cases but reported seven deaths. The total number of active cases was cited to be 2856. The deceased included three females and four males aged between 49 -75 years. View details of the deceased in the below-given table:

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The total number of cases, as per the official statistics, had reached 16977 till yesterday evening (9 PM). But these are official statistics and the real number is likely to be much higher due to a community spread. Similarly, the actual number of COVID-19 deaths could be higher than the official statistics. Despite it, the state government is reluctant to release any projection regarding the real numbers. No statements have been issued regarding the current situation and strategy to combat the rising fatality rate. Rather, the state appears to be refraining from bringing up the matter.

The oppositions, HP Congress and CPI (M), are targeting the government over its failure to combat the spread of COVID-19. However, this opposition is quite feeble and hasn’t resulted in any reforms in the attitude of the government.

In a statement to media, Sanjay Chauhan, former Mayor of Shimla and a senior CPI (M) leader, said that the rise in fatalities is the result of the government’s lackadaisical attitude. The suicide committed by a positive patient at the DDU COVID-19 hospital is evidence of it, he said. He said this approach has endangered health lives of ministers, officials, and the staff at their offices. Further, he said, health staff, paramedical staff, and police staff are getting infected, and even losing lives due to the government’s unpreparedness.  The government had even compromised the safety of the Prime Minister and Education Minister by violating norms set regarding COVID-19, he said.

HP Congress chief, Kuldeep Rathor also expressed shock over the presence of COVID-19 positive MLA of Banjar, Surender Shourie, in the event organized for the PM. He alleged that by violating all norms, the MLA concealed information regarding his COVID-19 positive status and did not quarantine himself, which reflects the state government’s attitude toward management of the corona pandemic. He had demanded registration of an FIR against Shourie and action against erring officials.

Sanjay Chauhan, further said that the government did not prepare itself to combat the pandemic the way it was expected to. The people of the state had followed the lockdown and sacrificed their livelihood with a hope that the government would prepare itself during this period to combat the spread and to strengthen the health infrastructure and services. But instead, the government indulged itself in making people clap and beat ‘thalis’.  The Chief Minister adopted and preached unscientific practices like performing a ‘havan’.  Despite a steep rise in fatalities, the government is still not serious about the situation, he said. 

He said the CPI (M) demands that the government starts working on war footing to prepare a strategy by involving health experts, strengthening the health services by recruiting doctors, para-medical and other staff, and constitute a task force to deal with the situation. The government should work diligently on following the norms set for prevention from COVID-19, he added.  

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Shocker for Himachal as Ex-CBI Chief & Governor Ashwani Kumar Found Dead at His Shimla Residence

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Shimla-Ashwani Kumar – 1973 IPS officer from Himachal Pradesh cadre who had served as the Director-General of HP Police (2006-2008) and CBI chief (August 2008 to November 2010), and was later appointed the Governor of Nagaland in 2013-was found dead at his residence in Shimla on Wednesday evening. The news came as a shocker as Kumar was considered as one of India’s finest and honest officers.

Superintendent of Police, Shimla, Mohit Chawala, in statement to news agencies, confirmed the report. According to the initial report, he reportedly hanged himself and ended his life. However, no formal statement was issued regarding the suicide. According to the police, a suicide note was also recovered from the spot. However, the note was yet to be verified.

Kumar was a well known name as he had dealt with famous cases including that of Arushi Talwar murder and fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh in which current Home Minister Amit Shah was arrested in 2010.

He was one of the first appointees made to resign from the post of Governor, Nagaland, as soon as the current ruling party came into power in 2014. He also remained Governor of Manipur for a short period of time. After his retirement, Kumar was serving as the Vice-Chancellor of a private university in Shimla.

The officials who have served under Aswani Kumar have expressed shock over his demise in such a manner. 

Director-General of Police, Sanjay Kundu, and a team of medical staff was rushed to the spot. More details are awaited as the district police have not issued any formal statement regarding the incident.

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