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Himachal: Six COVID-19 Deaths in 24 Hours, New Strain More Lethal & Acute, say Health Officials   



Himachal Pradesh Daily COVId-19 report

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh reported six COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours, which is the highest this year in a day. The death tally has now jumped to 1032 in the state. Una reported three fatalities, while other three were reported from Kangra, Hamirpur, and Solan. Five of the deceased aged between 70-82 years and remaining one was only 36. View details of COVID-19 deaths in the past 24 hours below:

Himachal PRadesh daily covid-19 deaths update

According to the COVID-19 statistics released by the State Health Department, a total of 339 new cases were recorded today, taking the tally to 63,320 in the state.

 Kangra reported highest 90 cases, followed by Una at 84. The number of recorded cases in Shimla remained relatively low at 23. View more district-wise details below:

Himachal Pradesh daily COVID-19 update

Source: HP National Health Mission

According to the official statistics, a total of 1253169 persons have been tested for COVID-19 in Himachal Pradesh till March 30, 2021.

The fatality ratio goes with the statements given by the Chief Minister and  Chief Medical Officer, Kangra, today, in which they admitted that the second wave is more lethal than the first one.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today said that “this time the virus had come back with more strength, energy and was more fatal.” 

The new strain was not domiciled in our nasopharyngeal region and had been directly affecting the lungs, which means window periods were shortened. 

The health experts have observed that after the advent of new variants of Corona, there were no traces of cough or fever and the patients were just complaining of joint pains, weakness and loss of appetite and COVID-19 pneumonia.

“It was taking less time to get to the extreme in comparison to the past and sometimes, there were no symptoms even,” the Chief Minister said.

Earlier, Chief Medical Officer, Kangra Dr Gurudarshan Gupta, said that after the new strain of the virus hit the country, several patients were being seen without fever, but an x-ray report showed moderate chest pneumonia.

“It means that the virus spreads directly to the lungs causing acute respiratory distress due to viral pneumonia,” Gupta said.

“It simply explains why the new strain has become acute and more fatal. The new wave is more lethal than the first one and we should play safe by adopting the right health practices to beat this new unwanted guest,” he said.

The statements came during a review meeting held at the Dr Rajendra Prasad Medical College, Tanda, in district Kangra.

“Therefore it was better to be careful than remaining unguarded and putting ourselves, family and the society in danger,” the Chief Minister said.

Jairam Thakur without mask

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur during a political rally in poll-bound Dharamshala (MC)

However,  the Chief Minister is facing criticism over not following these norms at public gatherings at the political rallies in poll-bound Municipal Corporations. He is advising people to practice social distancing and wearing mask, but, in political rallies, party workers and even the Chief Minister can be seen violating these norms.

people not wearing mask in political rallies in himachal pradesh

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur adressing a political gathering in poll-bound Dharamshala (MC)

“No person should be allowed to walk without wearing a mask in public places. Shopkeepers should not allow people to enter their outlets without masks and proper hygiene habits should be practised to keep this virus at bay, “ he said during the meeting.

While no social distancing is visible in political gatherings and during canvassing, Chief Minister is urging people to follow COVID-19 norms.

“Without maintaining social distancing it was difficult to beat Corona. All the safety mantras given by the health authorities should be practised in the spirit,” he preached.

“Due to the negligence of the people, the number of new cases had been increasing daily putting the society in peril at large,” he said blaming the people for the surge in cases.

The Chief Minister asked the health department to encourage the people to take a jab at the high time so that they were less affected by this fatal virus.

Similarly, opposition MLAs and party workers were also seen violating COVID-19 norms.

आज हमारे निवास हॉली लॉज शिमला में “जाखू वार्ड” से सभी कांग्रेस जन से मुलाक़ात की , व इस वार्ड के विभिन विकास के लम्बित…

Posted by Vikramaditya Singh on Sunday, 28 March 2021


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



Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 report april 14

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



Himachal Pradesh daily COVID-19 update april 12

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:

himachal pradesh covid-19 surge

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



entry of tourists in himachal pradesh

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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