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15 more test positive, Himachal’s Covid-19 tally crosses 300 in 71 days

Four cases reported from Kangra, one from Solan
Hindustan Times/Dharamshala | By Naresh K Thakur, Dharamshala
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2020 09:24 PM IST

Himachal’s Covid-19 tally has crossed 300 in 71 days, on Saturday, after 15 more were tested positive for the virus in state.

“The state’s total tally has reached 311 with six new cases were reported from Hamirpur district, four each from Kangra and Una and one from Solan. There are now 196 active cases in the state, as 20 people recovered today,” said special secretary (health) Nipun Jindal.

Kangra deputy commissioner Rakesh Kumar Prajapati said the four patients were under institutional quarantine.

“Three of them had returned from Delhi and one from Gurgaon. One person, who had returned from Thane on the Shramik Special Train, tested positive late on Friday. With this, Kangra now has 79 cases,” he said.

Late evening, six cases were reported from Hamirpur. All of them returned from other states. Four were under institutional quarantine and two under home quarantine, Hamirpur deputy commissioner Harikesh Meena said.

Four cases were reported from Una district, whose details are awaited.

DOUBLING RATE INCREASES

The doubling rate of Covid-19 cases in Himachal is faster than the national average of 13 days.

It took the state 71 days to breach the 300 mark after the state reported its first case on March 20.

The tally touched 100 in exactly two months (61 days) on May 20. However, the count reached 200 in just four days on May 24. It took another six days (Total 71 days) for the tally to reach 300. The recovery rate in the state is around 30%.

RETURNEES BRING IN THE SECOND WAVE

Himachal has witnessed a second wave of cases since May 4 with 267 people testing positive for the virus. As many as 122 cases have been reported over the week.

So far, 311 cases have been reported in the state, including five fatalities. Three men and two women are among the dead.

Around 90% of the cases reported since May 4 are those who returned to Himachal from other states.

Hamirpur is the worst-hit district with 107 cases followed by Kangra with 79 cases. A total of 37 cases have been reported in Una, 24 in Solan, 20 in Chamba, 18 in Bilaspur, 12 in Mandi, nine in Shimla, four in Sirmaur, and one in Kullu.

20 RECOVER IN SINGLE DAY

Meanwhile, there was also some good news for the state today as a total of 20 patients recovered today. Till date, 106 patients have recovered.

Among the cured patients, 15 were from Hamirpur, four from Kangra and one from Mandi districts, Jindal said. This is the highest number of recoveries in the state on a single day.

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