42 more test positive for Covid-19 in Himachal, taking total tally to 152
SINGLE-DAY SPIKE: Thirty-one cases have been reported from Hamirpur district; six from Kangra district returned from Mumbai recently, while five from Solan. Most of the fresh cases have travel historyUpdated: May 22, 2020 00:15 IST
Himachal Pradesh on Thursday witnessed the biggest single-day spike in the Covid-19 cases with a total of 42 people testing positive for coronavirus taking the states tall to 152.
Thirty-one cases were reported from Hamirpur district alone; six cases were reported from Kangra district and five from Solan.
“With this, the number of active cases in the state has gone up to 90,” said special secretary, health, Nipun Jindal.
Hamirpur deputy commissioner Harikesh Meena said that five people—two from Bhoranj and three from Tauni Devi area—were tested positive for the virus early morning. Two returned from Mumbai and the travel history of three is being traced. Four were under institutional quarantine and one home quarantined.
Later in the afternoon, eleven more people tested positive. All of them returned from Mumbai and were under institutional quarantine,’ said Meena.
Fifteen more tested positive late evening.
The patients have been shifted to Covid-care centers at Dugha and Hamirpur.
KANGRA TALLY GOES TO 41 WITH SIX NEW CASES
Kangra Deputy Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Prajapati said that the fresh cases in the district comprise a 41-year-old woman and five men aged between 21 years and 57 years.
They all returned from Mumbai recently and were institutionally quarantined at the Radha Soami Satsang Beas complex at Paraur near Palampur. They have been shifted to the Covid care centre at Baijnath. The district’s tally has climbed to 41.
SOLAN SCORES A FIFER
In Solan, all five patients belong to Ramshehar in Nalagarh sub-division. They returned from West Bengal on May 15 and were under institutional quarantine at the Manpura centre, Jindal said, adding that patients have been shifted to a covid-care centre.
STEEPEST SPIKE SO FAR
Himachal Pradesh witnessed the biggest single-day spike in the state with a total of 42 cases. Earlier, eighteen cases were recorded on Wednesday.
Till date, the state has 152 Covid-19 cases, including three casualties.
Hamirpur is the worst-hit district with 46 cases followed by Kangra with 41 cases and Una with 19 cases.
Fourteen cases have been reported in Solan, thirteen in Chamba district, seven in Bilaspur, six in Mandi, four in Sirmaur and one each in Shimla and Kullu.
A total of 55 people have been cured of the virus in the state, including 14 people over the week.
So far, 22,399 people have been tested for Covid-19 in the state, while more than 24,000 are under active surveillance.
NALAGARH MLA, EX-MLA QUARANTINED
The health authorities in Nalagarh have told Nalagarh MLA Paramjeet Singh Pammi and former legislator KL Thakur to self-quarantine after five people tested positive in Solan. They had recently visited the institutional centre where the five patients were quarantined after returning from West Bengal. They will remain under quarantine for seven days.