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Opening of Temples/Religious Places in Himachal: Read All Dos and Don’ts



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Shimla-Amid an explosion in confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection in the state, the Himachal Pradesh Government decided to open the religious places in the last Cabinet meeting held on September 4, 2020. On Sunday alone, the state has witnessed the biggest single-day spike of 397 cases. On September 5, SOPs were issued regarding the dos and don’ts while visiting temples and religious places.

According to the SOPs, the bells would be removed, only if feasible, or covered with clothes. Persons above 65 years of age, persons with comorbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years will not be allowed to stand up in the queues or enter the religious places.

Also Read: Himachal: With 397 New Cases in a Day, COVID-19 Tally Rises to 7415

With several guidelines, the state government has mentioned that a particular facility or action would be taken only if feasible, suggesting being flexible while implementation of the SOPs. Further, it’s to be seen as to how strictly and seriously these SOPs are implemented.

Read All SOPs

  1. Frequently touched surfaces would be regularly sanitized with sodium hypochlorite solution (1%).
  2. Pilgrims/visitors would be prohibited from entering the sanctum/Sanctorum (garb grih) of the religious premises.
  3. No one would be allowed to stand for more than a minuted in front of the deities.
  4. District Administrations have been asked to appeal the people to visit religious places only if necessary and to otherwise avail the facility of live darshan/arti/online darshan.
  5. No movement would be allowed in the worship hall/premises. If necessary, the movement would be restricted to a minimum by barricading.
  6. LED screens would be placed at different locations for live darshan, if feasible.
  7. An isolation room will be created near the place of religious worship for isolating the symptomatic persons. Symptomatic persons will be isolated in this room and concerned medical authorities would be contacted for sampling and further isolation at an appropriate facility.
  8. The concerned Chief Medical Officer will make arrangements through local health institution for testing of persons with symptoms in an emergency as per the protocol of the Health Department.
  9. No form of Puja (worship) that involves contact among devotees would be done by Pujaris (priest) or any other person.  
  10. No event such as the singing of devotional songs, marriages or mundane ceremonies would be allowed in religious premises.
  11. Screening counters would be arranged as per requirement.
  12. Overnight stay in the premises of religious places would not be allowed.
  13. CCTV cameras would be installed for monitoring and recording of daily visitors, if feasible.
  14. Special provisions would be made for specially-abled persons for darshan.
  15. No havans or large gathering would be allowed inside the religious places.
  16. Adequate stocks of 3 ply masks would be maintained by the concerned district administration.
  17. Possibilities would be explored for creation of handwashing facilities at the main location and touch-free soap dispensers would be arranged.
  18. The common place for water-logging for dipping feet and taking a dip in Sarowar is to be avoided.
  19. The provision of hand sanitizer dispensers (not involving touch) would be made inside and around religious places including entry and exit gates.



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Himachal Reports 87 COVID-19 Deaths in 11 Days With a Steep Rise in Cases



COVID-19 deaths in Himachal pradesh on november 10

Shimla-With nine more COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, the tally for Himachal Pradesh has jumped to 399. The state is witnessing a surge in November as 87 deaths were reported during the last 11 days. Yesterday’s fatalities included seven males and two females aged between 45 to 87 years. Find the reasons for these fatalities below:

himachal pradesh -Update on covid-19 deaths

Further, according to the state Health Department’s official statistics, 610 new cases of COVID-19 were detected yesterday, of which Shimla reported highest (118) cases, followed by Mandi (116).

In Mandi district, as many as 26 more teachers and some students reportedly tested positive yesterday. The infected also included two doctors of Tanda Medical College, Kangra, and a couple of policemen in Sakoh.

Operation theatre at the Kamala Nehru Hospital, Shimla, was reportedly closed for a week. Similarly, the women police station in Shimla was also closed following the detection of a case.

Further, the state High Court has taken suo moto cognizance of a news report published in an English daily and issued a notice to the government. The news pertained to Indira Gandhi Medical College, which ran out of space for COVID-19 patients in isolation wards.

As per official data, the total for COVID-19 in the state had reached 27418 till yesterday evening (9 pm), of which 5605 were active cases. Mandi district has reported highest 4194 cases, followed by Solan (3958), Shimla (3725), and Kangra (3635).

The state government is barely speaking on the alarming rise in fatalities and its strategy to control it. But Chief Minister, while addressing a public meeting at Sihunta under Bhatiyat Assembly Constituency yesterday, did hail the Prime Minister and claimed that the nation is out of COVID-19 crisis.

“He (PM) has successfully brought the Nation out of Covid-19 crisis,”

Chief Minister said.

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for November 11, 2020 (9 pm)



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Himachal Reports 12 COVID-19 Deaths in Single Day, Surge in Cases in Shimla



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Shimla-COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc in Himachal Pradesh as a record 12 fatalities were reported on Tuesday. Of the 611 new positive cases yesterday, Shimla reported highest 148 with seven fatalities. The deceased included 11 males and a female aged between 47 to 92 years.  During the last three days, the state has reported 25 fatalities. Find the details regarding the causes of deaths below:

Himachal Pradesh Record COVID-19 deaths

The state government had yesterday decided to close all educational institutes in Himachal for 15 days after over a hundred teachers and students tested positive in schools. The government termed it as a special vocation for students, teachers, and non-teaching staff of all educational institutes.

The capital has witnessed a surge as over 750 cases were reported during the last six days. In the season of festivity and marriages, social distancing and other guidelines issued by the MHA for personal protection are being flaunted, which is only fueling the spread. 

On top of it, the COVID-19 Hospitals in the state have begun to run out of beds for patients in isolation wards. The largest medical facility in the state – Indira Gandhi Medical College & Hospital- was packed to its full capacity, which was only 85 beds. Dr Rajneesh Pathania, Principal of IGMC, confirmed the report. According to media reports, DDU hospital, Shimla, had also run out of space. The government is yet to prepare the make-shift hospitals it had announced a couple of months ago. 

So far, according to the official statistics, the state had reported a total of 26808 cases till yesterday evening (9 pm), and the official COVID-19 death tally had mounted to 390.

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for November 9, 2020 (9 pm)

Update Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 for november 10, 2020

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Amid Alarming Surge in COVID-19 Cases and Deaths, Hospitals Including IGMC Running Out of Space



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Shimla– Amid the festive season, Himachal Pradesh is witnessing an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases and fatalities. As a matter of huge concern, the Indira Gandhi Medical College & Hospital, Shimla, has run out of beds in isolation facility and can’t accommodate more patient, unless someone is discharged or dies. There was space for only 85 patients at the hospital, which is full presently.

The DDU hospital, too, is running out of capacity with a surge in cases. Further, make-shift hospitals announced by the state government haven’t seen light of day. IGMC is the largest medical facility of the state and COVID-19 patients in critical condition were referred here.  

The situation could worsen due to the ongoing festive and wedding season. Markets are crowded and people are hardly following social distancing norms in marriages.

Further, yesterday seven people including a 16-year-old girl lost their lives. The decision to open schools seems to be backfiring as hundreds of teachers and several students were found positive for COVID-19 during the past few days. There are speculations that the state government could decide on closing schools for some time in the Cabinet meeting to be held today.

Details regarding the causes of fatalities below:

Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 deaths in november 2020 f

On Monday, five doctors and nine staff nurses at the Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Government Medical College and Hospital, Nerchowk in Mandi district, tested positive.

Yesterday, the state reported a record 711 confirmed cases with seven fatalities in a single day. Shimla district reported the highest 204 confirmed cases.

The COVID-19 death tally has now mounted to 378, while the total number of cases had reached 26197 till yesterday evening (till 9 pm).

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for November 9, 2020 (9 pm)


Himachal Pradesh covid-19 cases on november 10

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