Himachal tally climbs to 8,147 with 316 new Covid-19 cases
The virus has claimed three more lives in the state, taking the death toll to 61.Updated: Sep 09, 2020 22:16 IST
Himachal Pradesh registered 316 fresh coronavirus infections on Wednesday, taking the state tally to 8,147.
Of the new cases, 69 were reported in Solan, 49 in Una, 48 in Chamba, 40 in Sirmaur, 36 in Kangra, 28 in Hamirpur, 19 in Shimla, 15 in Bilaspur, seven in Kullu, 4 in Mandi and one in Kinnaur
Active cases in the state stand at 2,487 and 5,586 people have recovered so far. The virus has claimed three more lives in the state, taking the death toll to 61. A 41-year-old man from Sirmaur died at the Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla. He was suffering from chest infection and difficulty in breathing. Another person succumbed in Solan district while one death was recorded in Shimla district.
Chamba chief medical officer Dr Rajesh Guleri said 36 workers of a hydro power project tested positive in Bharmour sub-division of the district.
In Shimla, a CID official on duty at the Himachal Assembly complex has tested positive. He was staying at Kali Bari temple premises with 36 others including 32 police personnel.
In Una, five journalists have tested positive. TruNat test of a 30-year-old scribe came out positive. His sample has been sent for retesting.
With 1,839 cases, Solan remains the worst-hit district followed by Kangra where 1,232 cases have been reported till date. Sirmaur has 1,110 cases, Hamirpur 708, Una 686, Chamba 599, Mandi 558, Shimla 481, Bilaspur 440, Kullu 371 and 104 cases in Kinnaur district. Lahaul-Spiti remains the least affected district in the state as it has only reported nineteenCovid-19 cases till date.
Community spead in Shimla, claims official
Recent data of Covid-19 cases established community spread of the virus, Shimla chief medical officer Surekha Chopra said in a statement. “The coronavirus cases are increasing daily and neither their index cases nor travel history is being found which establishes its community spread,” she added.
That was why, the monthly meeting of doctors with ASHA workers was held under the open sky in Shimla on September 7 as open air and sunlight help in reducing the spread of the virus, said the health official. The CMO said wherever possible, the meetings and other programmes should be held in the open.