BJP’s Doon MLA Paramjeet Singh Pammi among 176 test positive for Covid-19 in Himachal
MLA, who is hospitalised in Shimla, had visited Amritsar on August 16 and also gone to Golden Temple; Pammi is the second state BJP legislator to test positive after Sukhram ChaudharyUpdated: Aug 19, 2020 22:02 IST
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Paramjeet Singh Pammi, who represents the Doon assembly segment in Solan district, has tested positive for Covid-19.
“After fever on Monday night, I got my test done for Covid-19, the report of which is positive,” Pammi wrote on his Facebook page on Tuesday night. He urged people who came in his contact over the past few days to isolate themselves and get their tests done.
Pammi has been admitted to the Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital, Shimla, and his family is in home quarantine. The health authorities have started contact mapping and the source of infection is being traced.
Pammi had visited Amritsar on August 16 and also gone to Golden Temple.
He is the second lawmaker among the dozens of BJP functionaries to have contracted the virus. State power minister Sukhram Chaudhary tested positive on August 6, days after his induction into the cabinet.
One more personnel in chief minister Jai Ram Thakur’s security detail tested positive on Tuesday night. A total of 13 security personnel and a driver of the chief minister’s staff have tested positive.
TWO FATALITIES, DEATH TOLL 19
Two people, including a 48-year-old woman succumbed to the contagion in Dharamshala and Chamba, taking the death toll in the state to 19.
The woman, who originally belonged to Dalhousie sub-division in Chamba, was under treatment at Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College for acute respiratory distress, said deputy commissioner Rakesh Prajapati.
She was shifted to Dedicated Covid-Care Hospital (DCCH) Dharamshala after her Covid-19 report came out positive on Tuesday. Another patient, a man died in a Chamba hospital. The deceased was diabetic and also suffered from Pneumonia. He had tested positive on Monday.
176 NEW CASES
The Covid-tally in Himachal reached 4,411 with 176 more people testing positive for the virus in 11 districts.
This is the steepest single-day spike in the state. Earlier, the highest single-day spike was on Sunday when 163 people had tested positive.
Of new cases, 51 were reported in Solan, 28 in Bilaspur, 21 each in Mandi and Sirmaur, sixteen in Kangra, 12 in Chamba, 10 in Kinnaur, five in Kullu, four each in Shimla and Hamirpur and three Una.
In Sirmaur district, all 20 cases were reported from Paonta Sahib. Sixteen people tested positive in Kangra. The patients include a 51-year-old woman from Dharamkot village on the outskirts of Dharamshala town. She travelled back from Delhi recently.
Another 65-year-old woman from Gharoh village near Dharamshala is a primary contact of a Covid patient. A 48-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman tested positive in Fatehpur area. They have a travel history to Chhattisgarh and Panchkula, respectively. A one-year-old child is among five people infected in Nurpur. All are primary contacts of Covid patients.
A resident of Ghamroor village of Jaswan-Pragpur area also caught the infection.
Active cases in the state are 1,358 and 2,992 people have recovered.
Solan is the worst-hit district with 1033 cases, followed by Kangra (636), Sirmaur (537), Hamirpur (420), Una (343), Mandi (352), Chamba (309), Shimla (253), Kullu (243), Bilaspur (210), Kinnaur (69) and Lahaul and Spiti (six).