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Read New Rules for Entry into Shimla & Who is Exempted from Quarantine Who’s Not



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Shimla-New rules for entry into Shimla district were notified by the Deputy Commissioner on Aril 26, 2021. Now residents and visitors would have to go through the registration process. Those willing to return or visit the state would have to register at the COVID e-pass portal. The step was taken in wake of the surge in new cases and deaths, the district administration informed yesterday. Further, the administration said that the registration was made mandatory to ensure compliance with the quarantine requirements and facilitate contact tracing.

“It would be mandatory for all residents of the district returning from hotspots to follow the protocol of home/institutional quarantine for a period of 14 days since their entry into the district or earlier if a person tests negative for COVID-19 on the 6th or 7th day after entry,” said the notification issued in this regard from the Deputy Commissioner, Shimla.

However, there is no restriction on inter-district and intra-district movement, except from and to containment zones. Local/panchayat bodies, volunteers have been asked to ensure the supply of essentials to such families.

Family members or persons residing with a home-quarantined person who returned from a hotspot would also have to remain in isolation and there would be a restriction on their movement as well.

A task force has also been constituted, which will work under the supervision of the concerned Sub Divisional Magistrates to ensure regular checking and inspections of the gathering taking place in a Sub-Divison.

“Prompt action will be taken against the violators as per the related provision. It will be mandatory for the SDMs to personally inspect at least 10% of the gathering/events,” the notification said.

Further, the notification said that persons returning from hotspots would be treated as ‘high-risk contacts’. Hotspots also include religious congregations held outside the state.

Who is Exempted from Quarantine

  1. Persons returning from hotspots who have undergone RTPCR test within 72 hours before the entry into the state and reported negative for COVID-19.
  2. Persons who have undergone complete vaccination of COVID-19 and a period of minimum of 14 days has elapsed since the second dose of vaccine. However, they must have with them the final vaccination certificate issued to them.
  3. The residents who visit any hotspot for a short duration for medical, business or office purpose and return to the district within 72 hours, provided they are asymptomatic. Two barriers have been set up at Kuddu (Rohru) and Fedizpul (Chopal). Those willing to enter would have to provide proper verification of identity and COVID pass.
  4. Persons coming to the district from any hotspot for a short duration not exceeding 72 hours for medical, business or office purpose provided he does not mix with the general masses, follow social distancing and all other COVID-19 protocols and doesn’t take part in gatherings.
  5. Any persons who reported COVID-19 positive during the last six months and has fully recovered from COVID-19 infection provided the negative report should  be of within the last 20 days. Such persons must also possess the COVID-19 positive report along with a valid ID card.
  6. Children under 10 years of age, if the accompanying adults have a COVID-19 negative report with them.

All would have to install Arogya Setu App.

Further quarantine facilities would be set up at the gram panchayat level and representatives would have to inform concerned officials regarding the movement of people into the district. They are also empowered to take action against those violating quarantine or isolation norms.

A health surveillance person would have to visit the quarantined persons at least once a day. In case of the appearance of symptoms, samples would be taken.

In case, a quarantined person is tested positive, she/he will be shifted promptly to the designated facility for treatment or advised home isolation, if the clinical condition permits to do so.


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



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





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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Source: HP NHM

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



COVID-19 Vaccination in Himachal Pradesh

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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