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Himachal: 115 COVID-19 Fatalities in 3 Days, Testing Increases in Govt’s Statements Only

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Shimla-The COVID-19 fatality rate for Himachal Pradesh remains alarmingly high as the infection claimed 43 more lives on Monday. On Sunday, the state had reported 44 COVID-19 deahts – highest so far. According to the latest data provided by the state health department, a total of 2630 new case were recorded in the last 24 hours. Kangra remains the worst-hit district as it reported 717 new cases and 16 fatalities on Monday. Five fatalities were reported from Solan, four from Shimla, six from Hamirpur, three from Mandi, four from Una, three from Sirmaur, and one each from Kinnaur and Chamba districts.

However, these official numbers are in question considering the low testing rate which continues to decrease.

Also Read: Himachal Sees 44 Deaths in 24 Hours, Sampling Drops as COVID-19 Fatality Rate Rises  

Total sampling for the day further decreased from yesterday’s 9684 to 8511.

In the three days, Himachal recorded a total of 7834 cases and 115 patients succumbed to the infection. Still, the sampling has been decreased.

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur had been issuing repeated directions to increase testing in statements, but according to the government’s statistics, the reality is contrary to it.

Of the 8511 samples taken, 2630 (over 30%) were found to be positive for COVID-19. The statistics suggest that the rate of spread is very high. If the number of testing is increased, then the actual number of daily cases would be much higher considering the current rate. Health officials have already been suggesting that there is a dire need to increase testing manifold to assess the true scale of COVID-19 spread in the state.

The state government hasn’t issued any statement clarifying a very low testing rate.

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Cases for May 3, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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The state government says it is still working on increasing bed capacity and making oxygen plants operational at various COVID-19 care hospitals. According to the government, as of now, 3346 beds were available in various health institutes of the state. The Chief Minister today claimed that there was no dearth of oxygen in the State and the only issue was empty gas cylinders. The State has urged the Central government to provide additional D-Type cylinders. Further, the PSA Oxygen plant in Chamba is yet to get operational.

For home-isolated patients, toll-free helpline number 104 has been issued for medical advice.

The state has about 123 Covid ambulances, of which 33 were added on April 29.

As per the official statistics, 22 percent of the entire population have been covered so far under the vaccination drive. Approximately 76 percent of 45 years and above population has been vaccinated with the first dose. The government said that Covid vaccination of the age group 18-44 will be started once Covid doses are received in the state.

Mission Director, NHM Dr. Nipun Jindal has urged all the remaining 45 years and above age people to get themselves vaccinated as early as possible. Those people who are due for 2nd dose vaccination which is essential to be taken after a gap of 4-8 weeks from the first dose should also get their vaccination when due. He claimed that there is no shortage of vaccine for this age group. He appealed to the people to abide by Covid appropriate behaviour even after completing 2 doses of COVID vaccination.

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur is still not in the favor of imposing a lockdown. But businesses, especially the hospitality industry is doing no better than last year. The occupancy in hotels is below five percent, according to the industry stakeholders. Hoteliers are urging the state government for reliefs. Private bus operators are on an indefinite strike over their demands for various reliefs as buses are running with only 50 percent capacity as directed in the SOPs.

View the Details of all COVID-19 Deaths for May 3, 2021 (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 11 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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