14 more test positive in Himachal, tally 2,284
Fourteen people tested positive for Covid-19 in Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday, taking the state’s coronavirus count to 2,284 of which 1,031 are active cases.
Of the new cases, seven are from Chamba district, three, including a police personnel, from Bilaspur and two each from Mandi and Shimla district.
A 20-year-old army jawan with a travel history to Leh tested positive at Lahru in Chamba district while another 21-year-old soldier from Bari Kihar village has also tested positive. He had also returned from Leh.
A 20-year-old man from Churah who travelled to Bangalore tested positive after returning while a 25-year-old man from Lahru back from Mumbai has also contracted the infection. He was in institutional quarantine. A 25-year-old resident of Barla village back from Mumbai is also among the new cases and is in institutional quarantine.
A 29-year-old resident of Dughar village who travelled back from Gurugram recently has tested positive, while a 45-year-old resident of Kathalu village is also infected. He had returned from Mumbai and was in institutional quarantine.
A 62-year-old diabetic woman and a 32-year-old woman in Shimla’s Jakhu area are among the new cases. Both have a travel history to Delhi and were in home quarantine, deputy commissioner Amit Kashyap said.
In Bilaspur, a 30-year-old police personnel of the 3rd Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB), who is a resident of Sheri village in Karsog in Mandi district, has tested positive. A 45-year-old man and a 32-year-old man, who worked as labourers, are also among the fresh cases and were shifted to the Covid care centre at Chandpur.
Special secretary, health, Nipun Jindal said 12 Covid deaths have been reported in state so far and 1,224 patients have recovered, while 15 patients have migrated out of the state.
With 563 cases, Solan is the worst hit district in the state followed by Kangra with 426 cases. Hamirpur has 300 cases, Sirmaur 273, Una 190, Shimla 150, Mandi 124, Chamba 103, Bilaspur 87, Kinnaur 41, and Kullu has 24 cases. With four Covid-19 cases till date, Lahaul and Spiti is the least affected district.
Tourists banned in Shimla’s Tanu Jubbar area
Amid fear of spread of virus, Shimla district administration on Tuesday implemented a complete ban on entry of tourists at Tanu Jubbar, 70km from Shimla, till further orders.
Sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Kumarsain Gunjeet Singh Cheema said it is mandatory to implement immediate preventive and precautionary measures to avoid further spread of virus and ensure safety of people.
He said anyone who violates these orders will be punished under Section 188, 269, 270 and 271 of the Indian Penal Code. He has also urged police to ensure strict enforcement of the order.
Situated in Kotgarh valley, Tanu Jubbar is a popular tourist destination and attracts domestic as well as foriegn tourists throughout the year. Tanu Jubbar has a temple of local deity along with a lake and is surrounded by thick forest of pine trees as well as apple orchards.
Recently, a 25-year-old Punjab resident who had come to Kotgarh valley with two others had tested positive in Jarol village. During interrogation, he had identified a few places he visited in the area. He was shifted to a Dedicated Covid Care Centre (DCCC) in Mashobra while his two friends had tested negative and are under institutional quarantine. A woman had also tested positive in Batari village in Kotgarh.