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Himachal: Over 2000 Cases, 24 Deaths, Private Hospitals in Kangra Ordered to Reserve 50% Beds for COVID-19 Patients

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday recorded 2157 cases and 24 COVID-19 deaths, taking the case and death tallies to 91350 and 1374 respectively. According to the statistics provided by the State Department of Health & Family Welfare, the number of active cases had jumped to 15151 till Wednesday (7 pm).

The deceased were aged between 25 -91 years. The deceased included a 25-year-old male from Kinnaur district – a patient of Bronchial Asthma. Of the total 24 fatalities, at least 11 had no pre-existing medical condition, according to the health department.

The list included a 30-year-old in Shimla, who had no pre-existing medical condition. The reason for his death was cited to be “Severe COVID-19 Pneumonia with sudden cardiopulmonary arrest.”

Two youth aged 35-years-old with no pre-existing medical condition died of “ARDS” and “COVID-19 related respiratory failure with bilateral pneumonitis” respectively.  

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

There is no let-up in the surge of cases and fatalities in Kangra district that yet again reported the highest 631 cases and 10 fatalities. Keeping in view the worsening situation, the Deputy Commissioner, Rakesh Kumar Prajapati has directed private hospitals to reserve 50% beds for COVID-19 patients.

Hamirpur district followed Kangra in second place with 300 new cases, but reported only a single fatality, according to the official statistics.

Mandi district reported 238 new infections and three fatalities, Shimla 195 cases and three deaths, Una 118 case and two deaths, Sirmaur 110 cases and two deaths. The remaining fatalities were reported from Kinnaur (2), Chamba (1).

View the Details of all COVID-19 Deaths for April 27, 201 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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Meanwhile, the state government has asked officers to enlist all such institutions/buildings in the district that could be used for providing medical facilities to the covid-19 patients in case the surge continued.

Further, the state government has now made online registration for COVID passes mandatory for entry into Himachal Pradesh. Directions have been given to implement the home-quarantine protocol for people returning from hotspots. But the government was yet to release an updated list of designated hotspots in the country.

Also Read: Bed Capacity of Himachal Pradesh for COVID-19 Patients Almost 3000 Currently, Efforts Afoot to Make it 5000: CM Jairam

For home-quarantined patients, obtaining medical oxygen, empty cylinders, and accessories have already become a challenge. Some citizens wrote to Himachal Watcher complaining that the state government is taking no steps to aware people about facilities for procuring empty cylinders and refilling them. The cost of re-filling is also not regulated and the needy were compelled to pay exuberant prices.  The rates of oximeters have also been hiked. A non-profit organization told HW that rates of accessories related to ventilators/oxygen supply were also sky-rocketing.  

View the Details of District-Wise COVID-19 Cases for April 27, 201 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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Himachal Reports Spike in Covid Casualties with 64 Deaths in 24-hours; 4,977 Fresh Infections Reported

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh reported a surge in Covid-19 fatalities on Tuesday as 64 people died due to the infection, while 4,977 new cases were reported within the last 24 hours. This takes the death toll to 1,989 while the total cases of coronavirus in the state till now to 1,40,759.

Out of 64 dead, only three patients had comorbidities. While thirteen patients were below the age of 50. This indicates the aggressive nature of the new variant of coronavirus that has been ravaging the country. The highest casualties were reported from Kangra district with 21 deaths while Solan district reported 12 deaths followed by Mandi district with 10 fatalities.

As the fatalities are increasing across the state, the sampling of infection has still not touched even the 20,000 mark. On Tuesday 14,722 people were sampled while 3,713 tests remain awaited.

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Cases for May 11, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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Out of 2,445 beds available across the state in the Covid hospitals, only 63 ICU beds are available. While 415 beds have oxygen support.

On Tuesday the state government also issued a notification announcing that health workers who have received both the Covid vaccine shots will not have to follow the quarantine protocol after rendering their services in health care facilities.

On the condition of anonymity, a health official told Himachal Watcher that Himachal Medical Officers Association (HMOA) has opposed this move as cases of infection despite vaccination continue to appear.

The spike in Covid cases across the state has highlighted the shortage of healthcare workers in the state as medical infrastructure moves toward the brink of a formidable caseload.

Further, the state needs to consider the meagre incentives the frontline workers are receiving and the overwhelming effect it will have on their mental and physical health.

Himachal is currently under a corona curfew with restrictions on interstate movement. But the government maintains that it’s not a lockdown as some exceptions have been included in the activities to be allowed.

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Deaths for May 11, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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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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