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Resurgence of COVID-19 Spread Worries Himachal Amid Fear of ‘Second Wave’ in Country

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Shimla-COVID-19 cases in Himachal Pradesh is again on the rise after a short span of relief. For the last couple of months, the number of daily COVID-19 cases had fallen to well below 50 and was recorded to be as low as 20 on some days. The daily number has gone beyond 100 with the detection of 167 new cases yesterday.

This year, from January 1 to February 28, the state reported 3368 cases with 60 fatalities. In March, according to the latest update received on March 17, 2021, the death toll had reached 998 with 16 new fatalities during the last 17 days. In March, so far the state has reported 1391 cases.

Now, the sudden spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in a few states of the country has again left the government and the people worried over resurgence. Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu have reported a surge in the COVID daily cases, followed by the restriction on social gathering and enforcements of lockdowns.  

“This time, the cases are rising in many areas and districts, which were unaffected so far. In a way, they were safe zones, but now fresh cases are emerging. This increase is more than 150 per cent in 70 districts of the country in the last few weeks. If we don’t stop the pandemic in its tracks, the situation can lead to a country-wide outbreak. We must immediately stop this emerging “second peak” of the corona. We will have to take quick and decisive steps, the Prime Minister said yesterday while interacting with Chief Ministers of states. 

Health experts are suggesting the need to scale up RTPCR tests.

Recently, the Centre had rushed high-level Public Health teams to Maharashtra and Punjab in view of a recent spike in cases in these States. 

Till March 12, India’s total Active Caseload had reached 1,97,237. India’s present active caseload stood at 1.74% of India’s total Positive Cases.

The Centre is now asking the states to take measures in addition to the basic steps to prevent the spread of this infection, like wearing masks, maintaining physical distance, taking care of cleanliness etc.

While interacting with media Chief Minister Jairam Thakur yesterday said that the Prime Minister has asked all the States to ensure strict implementation of various SOPs issued from time to time by the Government of India.

Further, the organization of fairs and festivals is posing a huge challenge for the government in checking the resurgence of spread. Himachal Pradesh Government yesterday expressed concern over pilgrims visiting the state. The government said it would request the Punjab Chief Minister to keep a tab on pilgrims visiting Himachal Pradesh from Punjab to check the spread of the virus. Further, the state government said that SOPs would be strictly followed during the celebration of fairs and other events.

On the ground level, however, the public has loosened their defences against the spread as the number fell drastically during the last two months. Wearing face masks and following social distancing are hardly being taken seriously.

At the same time, people who are keeping a tab on the current situation are worried about more lockdowns or restrictions in future. The first industry to get hit would be the tourism sector, which is trying to recover from the blow it received last year in lockdowns.

COVID-19 Vaccination Drive in Himachal Pradesh

The state government yesterday informed that over 1.78 lakh people had been administered vaccination in the State, which was about 2.60 percent of the total population.

Secretary Health Government of India Rajesh Bhushan said that the death rate of the country due to the virus was amongst the lowest in the world. He said that about 3.51 crore people have been administered the Covid-19 vaccine in the country till date.

A total of 3,64,67,744vaccine doses have been given, as per the provisional report till 7pm yesterday. Further, more than 23 crore COVID tests has been conducted across the country according to the latest update available. 

These include 75,47,958 HCWs who have taken the 1st dose and 4608397 HCWs who have taken the 2nd dose, 76,63,647 FLWs (1stdose), 17,86,812FLWs (2nd dose), 1,24,74,362beneficiaries more than 60 years old and 23,86,568beneficiaries aged 45 and above with specific co-morbidities.

He said that India was second after the United States in the number of people administered the vaccine. 

 

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Himachal: COVID-19 Claims 13 Lives as State Reports Over 900 Cases in 24 Hours

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Shimla- COVID-19 claimed 13 more lives in Himachal Pradesh as the state recorded 925 new cases in 24 hours. According to the latest update released by the State health department, Kangra district reported the highest 178 cases, followed by Solan (143), Mandi (114), and Shimla (104). 

As a matter of concern, 48 students of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya School, Sarol, in Chamba district also tested positive, creating a stir in the region. Samples of the staff were also taken following it. The school was declared as a containment zone. 

Find more district-wise details of daily cases below:

Himachal Pradesh Daily covid-19 deaths apri 14, 2021

Kangra district also reported the highest six COVID-19 deaths, followed by Shimla (3), Mandi (2), and Una (2). The deceased were aged between 42 – 84 years and included eight females and five males. Find the details of the deceased below:

Himachal Pradesh daily covid-19 cases on april 14, 2021

The case and death tallies in the state have now jumped to 72,319 and 1135 respectively.

While speaking to the media today, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur admitted that the surge in cases is rising across the nation, but maintained that there were no plans to impose a lockdown in the state so far.  

The state government, however, today decided to postpone the ongoing examinations for undergraduate classes and 10 and 12 classes of the HP Board of School Education.

 

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Himachal: Daily New COVID-19 Cases Crosses 1000 Mark, State Govt Directs Admins & Police to Show Strictness in Implementing SOPs

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Shimla– Reeling under the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Himachal Pradesh continues to report a huge surge in daily new cases and fatalities. On Monday, the state recorded 1089 cases – the highest in 24 hours this year. Nine more people succumbed to the infection, taking the COVID-19 death tally to 1111. Highest three deaths were reported from Una district, followed by Mandi (3).  View more details on fatalities below:

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Kangra district reported the highest 249 cases, followed by Solan (166), and Lahaul-Spiti (114). Find more district-wise details below:

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Source: HP NHM

Today’s cases also include former Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Virbhadra Singh, who tested positive. Earlier, his son Vikramaditya had also tested positive for COVID-19. Pertinent to mention that Vikramaditya Singh had campaigned in the Municipal Corporation elections that were concluded on April 7. 

Further, 18 cases were reported from Pine Grove School, Solan. 

The state government, which had been mostly showing a casual approach towards the surge since the beginning of the second wave of the pandemic, is now coming hard on it in its review meetings.

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur is now asking elected representatives of the local bodies to ensure that the people strictly follow the SoPs regarding temples and marriages.  The PRI members are being directed to motivate and advise the old people, those with co-morbidity to avoid going to public places as they are most prone to this virus.

“Such persons must be reverse quarantined meaning that their movement outside their houses should be minimized to the extent possible,” Chief Minister today said.

Yesterday the state government had made it mandatory for people arriving from seven high load states to carry RT-PCR negative report. The decision would apply from April 16 onwards, the government had decided.  However, he had added, that the state would remain open for tourists.

Chief Minister has asked the representatives of the PRI to keep an eye on the people visiting from other State, particularly from the high load states.

“As far as possible such people must be asked to remain in home quarantine for 10 to 14 days and getting themselves tested for COVID-19 and should not mix with the general public of the area,” he said.

The Transport Department was directed to ensure the sanitization of buses and other public transport.  Shopkeepers were told to strictly follow the ‘No Mask, No Service’ policy. Private bus operators were also asked to properly sanitize their buses and also ensure plying buses without overcrowding.

District administrations were asked to ensure that social functions such as marriages etc. strictly follow the maximum limit prescribed for such events.

Chief Minister said that action if required could be taken against the violators.

The District administration of Kullu district was directed to ensure that all the tourists visiting the district strictly follow SoPs issued from time to time. He told the administration that all the guidelines need to be followed and implemented strictly.

He said that the Ayurveda Department must also provide ‘kada’ to the patients under home isolation. The Police Department was directed to ensure that no casualness be adopted by the tourists, particularly in tourist spots such as Manikaran, Kasol, Manali etc.    

Deputy Commissioner Mandi Rugved Thakur, informed that 1,33,878 total sample done in the district, active cases were 443 and positivity ratio was 8.25 percent and fatality rate 1.2 percent. He said that 51 per cent cases in the district were from urban areas.

 

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HP Govt Makes RT-PCR Negative Report Mandatory for People Arriving from Seven States

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Shimla-Tourist movement to Himachal Pradesh is likely to get hit during the peak season as the state government has made it mandatory for people of seven high load states viz. Punjab, Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh need to carry 72-hour prior RT-PCR negative report while visiting the State. The restriction would apply after April 16th.

The decision came after Chief Minister Jairam Thakur, who had been insisting that there would be no restriction on tourist movement to avert economic losses to the tourism industry, held a review meeting amid a massive surge in new cases and deaths.  

The state government has decided to allow tourists to visit the State, but at the same time, hotel owners and tourists should strictly adhere to the SoPs, Chief Minister said.

“The virus was spreading at a fast pace which was the biggest concern. During the last 45 days, the State has reported 10,690 new covid cases. 120 deaths were reported in the State during the last 45 days,” he said.

Over 900 new cases with 12 fatalities were reported on Saturday only.  On Sunday, according to the Health Department’s daily update, the state recorded 512 new cases. 

Pertinent to mention that Maharastra, Delhi and a few other states had been suggesting that a complete lockdown could be imposed if the high rate of resurgence continued in the coming days.

Though the Chief Minister had been maintaining that lockdown would be the last resort, the tone appears to be changing with the worsening of the COVID-19 situation.

Further, laying stress on twin strategy for testing, tracing and treatment with effective surveillance of micro containment zones, Chief Minister said that greater emphasis must also be laid on RT-PCR tests to achieve the target of 70 percent RT-PCR tests.

He said that the State Health Department must also take steps to increase bed capacity to meet out any eventuality.

Meanwhile, no restriction has been put on the devotees visiting various temples in the State during the Navratri festival.

The government said no overcrowding would be allowed in buses and other public transport and private vehicles. Wearing face masks even in vehicles must be enforced strictly.

Chief Minister, who faced widespread criticism over violation of SOPs during the political campaigning for elections to the Municipal Corporations, blamed laxity shown by the people for a sharp resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the State.  

 

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