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With 32 Deaths in 24 Hours, COVID-19 Situation Gets Grimmer in Himachal, Kangra Emerges as Epicentre 

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Shimla- COVID-19 has begun to wreak havoc in Himachal Pradesh as the tally of daily fatalities witnessing a sharp rise with each passing day. On Sunday, the State reported 32 COVID-19 deaths – the highest in a single day so far.

Kangra district has emerged as the epicentre of the pandemic in the state as it continues to report the highest daily new cases and fatalities. On Sunday, Kangra reported 12 COVID-19 deaths and 423 cases. According to the reasons for death cited in the official report of the state health department, at least ten patients died of ARDS and “COVID-19-related severe illness”, and Severe COVID-19 Pneumonia with sudden cardiopulmonary arrest” and had no other pre-existing medical condition.

View the Details of all COVID-19 Deaths for April 25, 201 (Till 7 pm) Below:

Daily covid-19 deaths in Himachal PRadesh on april 25, 2021

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Though most health or district administration officials were reluctant to speak about the current status of the health services in the district, on the condition of anonymity, an official told Himachal Watcher that the district is running out of beds and ambulances. The supply of medical oxygen is crucial to the district and a minor lapse or any interruption in the supply chain could create difficulties. Further, the ongoing wedding season is posing more risk as thousands of marriages are scheduled to be held during the next week.

Also Read: Himachal: 20 Oxygen Cylinders Wasted in Newly Built Make-Shift Hospital due to Leakage, Two Critical Patients Had to be Shifted

Pertinent to mention that, according to the state government’s claim, the pharma hub of India – Baddi- is producing over 110 tons of medical oxygen, of which 15 tons is being supplied to Himachal and the remaining to other states. Further, state cess on the transportation of oxygen has been lifted.

“The problem regarding oxygen supply is not producing it, but transporting it,” the official told HW.  

Though, no official confirmation available, the state government is likely to ask private hospitals to admit COVID-19 patients.

After Kangra, Mandi district reported four deaths, followed by Shimla (3), Hamirpur (3), Solan, Una (3), Sirmaur (2), Kullu (1), and Bilaspur (1). All deceased were aged between 33-84 years.

However, the number of daily new cases is showing significant fluctuation. On Saturday, the number of total cases reported was 2073, which dropped to 1363 on Sunday. But the fatality rate is only rising irrespective of the fluctuation in daily new cases. During the last three days, Himachal Pradesh has reported 83 fatalities and 3436 new cases.  (Scroll Down for More Details on District-Wise Cases)

In 25 Days of April month, the state has reported 23896 new cases and 288 deaths – a high fatality rate.

In wake of this sharp spike in COVID-19 deaths, the state government today announced the imposition of night curfew (10 pm -5 am) in four districts from April 27. These districts are Kangra, Solan, Una, and Sirmaur. Producing an RTPCR report (not older than 72 hours) was also made mandatory for visitors entering the state.

View the Details of District-Wise COVID-19 Cases for April 25, 201 (Till 7 pm) Below:

Daily COVID-19 cases in Himachal PRadesh on apirl 25, 2021

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Shimla City’s Sanitation Worker Dies of Covid-19, Demand Raised to Pay Rs. 50 Lakh Ex-Gratia as Assured to All Frontline Workers  

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Shimla– Sanitation workers/garbage collectors in Himachal Pradesh are among the frontline workers who had been performing their duties unabated regardless of lockdowns. Right from the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, sanitation workers have been playing their part in combating it. The pandemic has grown deadlier this year with its second wave. Sanitation workers and garbage-collectors are at higher risk of contracting the infection due to the nature of their job. 

One of these sanitation workers, Sun Kumar, working under the Shimla Environment, Heritage & Beautification Society (SHEB) as a garbage collector, succumbed to Covid-19.

He was about 32-year-old and is survived by a wife and an infant. Demand has been raised to pay Rs. 50 lakh as Ex-Gratia and job to a family member. When the concerned authority was asked regarding the same, it said a request has been forwarded to higher officials for the Ex-Gratia and situation would be clear only after their approval. 

The former mayor of Shimla, Sanjay Chauhan, was one of those raising this demand.

“The city didn’t lose a sanitation worker but a Covid warrior due to the coronavirus,” he said in a statement released today.

“The government has recognized sanitation workers as frontline workers and had decided to pay Rs. 50 as Ex-Gratia to any such worker who dies on duty. So, the family should be paid the said amount at the earliest along with ensuring employment to one of the family members,” he demanded.

Pertinent to mention that on April 23, 2020, the Himachal Pradesh Government had announced that a sum of Rs. 50 lakhs would be paid as Ex-Gratia out of HPSDMA COVID-19 State Disaster Response Fund to the next of kin of those officers and officials working in the State Government (except health workers) i.e. regular, outsourced, contractual, daily wagers and employees of SEHB Society of Municipal Corporation Shimla engaged in sanitation activities and working in different capacities for the response, relief and containment measures of COVID-19, in case of their death due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Chauhan further appealed to the state government to provide high-quality PPE kits to all the frontline workers of various departments deployed on the Covid duty. He also demanded that the Municipal Corporation, Shimla, should also ensure regular health checkups of its employees to prevent any further loss of lives.   

The state on 17th January 2021 had vaccinated Hardeep Singh, a sanitation worker at the Indira Gandhi Medical Collage & Hospital, Shimla. He was the first person in Himachal to get the vaccine jab. Also, sanitation workers were also honoured last year and certificates of appreciation were given to workers of wards number 16 and 17. 

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Himachal: 53 Succumb to Severe Covid Symptoms in 24 Hours, Spike in Fatality Rate Among Patients With No Comorbidities

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Shimla-On Monday, Himachal reported 4,359 new cases of coronavirus while 53 people succumbed to severe symptoms of infection. This took the state death toll to 1,925 and the total number of infections to 1,35,782 till now according to official data.

 Kangra district continues to report the highest numbers of daily deaths due to coronavirus. In the last 24 hours, the district reported 18 deaths. While the Solan district reported the second-highest casualties with eight deaths in the last 24-hours. The youngest patient to succumb to coronavirus was a 24-year-old man from the Solan district. The man died of sudden cardiopulmonary arrest with severe SARS COVID 19 Pneumonia according to official data. No other comorbidity was cited in the report.

About 16 of the deceased persons were aged below 50 years. According to the official statistics, at least 45 (84%) of the deceased had no comorbidities.

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Cases for May 10, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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Meanwhile, in its recent press statement, a state government spokesperson said that the positivity rate of Covid-19 across the state has come out to be 26.3% in the last week. Districts of Kangra, Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Shimla, Mandi, Solan, and Sirmour have recorded a positivity rate of more than 20 percent from May 3 to May 9. 

In the last 24-hours, a total of 10,746 Covid testings was done across the state out of which 1,180 remains awaited.

Till now the state has conducted 16,33,923 sampling across the state however, the daily testing rate continues to fluctuate and remains below 20,000 tests per day.

Further, according to the government, by May 10, a total of 16,59,619 people had received the vaccine, out of which 38,0791 people had received both doses. Meanwhile, the state has gone under stricter corona curfew with restrictions imposed on interstate travelling as well.

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Deaths for May 10, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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Himachal Achieved Highest Full Immunisation Coverage & Zero Vaccine Wastage, Claims HP NHM

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Shimla-The Government of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday claimed that the state has been able to achieve zero vaccine wastage during the COVID Vaccination programme that started on Jan 16, 2021 The vaccine wastage is -1.4% whereas, for some other states, it has been even more than 10%, the government claimed.

Dr. Nipun Jindal, Director, National Health Mission, said that the state received a total stock of 2119710, out of which a total of 1986812 doses were administered till 7h May 2020. The stock available at Cold Chain points after utilisation as per eVIN(Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network) was 160730.  Hence, the number of net utilised doses was 1958980, he claimed.   

He informed that the vaccine is being administered through an AD (Auto Disabled) syringe.

Dr. Jindal claimed that according to NFHS-5 data, Himachal Pradesh has the highest Full Immunisation Coverage among all States in the entire country. Himachal Pradesh has sustained its routine Immunisation activities during the COVID pandemic as well.

Further, he informed that there are basically three reasons that lead to wastage. Transportation-related vaccine wastage occurs when vials and syringes get damaged in transit. Storage-related vaccine wastage happens when doses need to be thrown out because they could have developed possible defects as a result of improper temperature or humidity conditions. A vial not being used with maximum efficiency leads to wastage at the Vaccination Centre. A vial once opened also needs to be used up within a certain time limit. If the doses from the vial are not administered in time, they have to be thrown away.

Dr Jindal also informed that the vial generally contains more doses than mentioned and the state ensured to use the extra doses. He added that the Vaccinators were trained for loading and administering the doses as per the guidelines by the Health Department to ensure minimal wastage of the vaccine.  

“To minimise the vaccine wastage, the facilitated Cohort Mobilisation was done by the Health Workers, ASHAs and AWWs to maintain a staggered and continuous movement to the COVID vaccination Centre in Himachal Pradesh,” Dr. Jindal said.

He also informed that Govt. of India allocates vaccines to States/UTs based on the criteria of performance, the extent of infections and wastage of vaccines. Based on the above criteria, the State would be able to secure more vaccines from the central Government for the prioritized groups

Dr. Jindal also informed that 50 portable ventilators have been received from Switzerland and 150 oxygen concentrators from China in the form of international aid. He also informed that the State has also made the PSA Oxygen plant at Dr. RKGMC Hamirpur functional which is of 300 LPM capacity.

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