Four Covid-19 positive patients die in Uttarakhand, state tally rises to 8,623
Uttarakhand on Thursday reported 369 Covid-19 positive cases, taking the state tally to 8,623.
On Thursday, four deaths of Covid-19 positive patients were also reported from the state, including three from AIIMS Rishikesh and one from Doon Medical College Dehradun.
A total of 102 Covid-19 positive patients have died in Uttarakhand till now with 16 patients dying due to coronavirus, according to the health officials. The rest of the positive patients died due to co-morbidities and other causes, added health officials.
Over 60 personnel of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) also tested Covid-19 positive from bordering Uttarkashi district in the state in two days. On Thursday, 14 army personnel also tested positive from Bageshwar district in Uttarakhand.
According to the health bulletin released by the state health department on Thursday evening, 369 fresh cases included maximum 109 from Haridwar, followed by Dehradun(68), Almora (5), Bageshwar (21), Chamoli (9), Haridwar (38), Nainital (33), Pauri (2), Pithoragarh (2), Tehri (30), US Nagar (56) and Uttarkashi (34).
All 34 cases reported from Uttarkashi were of ITBP personnel who were contacts of earlier positive cases. On Wednesday, 30 ITBP personnel had tested positive.
Of 8623 Covid-19 positive case so far, Dehradun district has reported maximum of 1938 cases, followed Haridwar (1739), US Nagar (1448) and Nainital (1,372).
Many of 298 fresh cases were reported in the case of people who had travel history from Port Blair, Delhi-NCR, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Dubai and Saudi Arab. But in a large number of cases (105 cases), travel history was not available. The fresh cases included 142 contacts of earlier positive cases, including the 34 ITBP personnel. Fourteen cases were detected at flu clinics and during antenatal check-up and eight healthcare workers from different districts also tested positive.
Also, 194 Covid-19 patients were discharged from different hospitals in the state on Thursday with a maximum of 53 from Haridwar district.
The rate of doubling of cases based on the last seven days now stands at 28.14 days, while the infection rate is 4.80%. The state has so far tested over 1.90 lakh samples of which results of over 9,000 are awaited.
Uttarakhand currently has 370 containment zones in seven districts including maximum 326 in Haridwar, followed by 28 in US Nagar, 10 in Dehradun, three in Uttarkashi and one each in Tehri, Bageshwar and Champawat.
On Thursday, Nainital’s additional district magistrate (ADM) KS Toliya and one of his staff members tested positive in rapid test after which they were isolated in a hotel.
Dr. Rashmi Pant, additional chief medical officer of Nainital confirmed the development and said that their contact history is being checked to find others who could have been infected.
Meanwhile, in US Nagar district, a day after a BJP legislator tested positive on Thursday the mayor of Rudrapur municipal corporation also tested Covid-19 positive. The corporation office has been sealed for three days and police are preparing list of his close contacts, an official said.
“The mayor, Rampal Singh has tested Covid-19 positive in an antigen test. He has been admitted to the district hospital. A list is being prepared of his close contacts so that they could be quarantined,” said Avinash Khanna, deputy chief medical officer, US Nagar.
As the news spread about the mayor testing positive, many locals panicked who came in close contact to him since he participated in several programmes on Wednesday on the occasion of Ram temple foundation laying ceremony.
Earlier, mayor of Kashipur municipal corporation Usha Chaudhary and her husband Hemendra Chaudhary were tested Covid-19 positive. They are under treatment in Kashipur.
In Haridwar district, a police post which was temporarily handling the affairs of Bhagwanpur police station and Mandawar border check post has also been sealed after three police personnel tested Covid-19 positive.
Kali Nadi post in Bhagwanpur block, was temporarily designated as makeshift police station since past one week after the Bhagwanpur police station and Mandawar check post were sealed due to police staff testing positive.
Sanitisation is being done in the whole police post premises and posters have been put up cautioning passers-by and informing people about the police post being sealed and that all official work will temporarily take place at Tejupur police post.
In a move aimed at reducing noise pollution and providing relief to people, especially students, ailing and the elderly, the Jammu municipal corporation on Tuesday passed a resolution for the removal of loudspeakers and public address systems operating without permission from religious and public places, evoking criticism from the rival Congress. Corporators from the Opposition stiffly opposed the decision and said that it will vitiate peaceful atmosphere of Jammu, known for brotherhood.
Security forces on Tuesday arrested two overground workers of Lashkar-e-Taiba from Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said. “Police, along with security forces, have arrested two terrorist associates of proscribed terror outfit LeT in Budgam. Incriminating materials, explosives and ammunition were also recovered from their possession,” a police spokesman said.
A 37-year-old panchayat member from north Kashmir's Narwav area, Mir Iqbal, is reputed to go the extra mile and not just figuratively, as he moves from village to village trying to solve people's problems and implement government schemes on the grassroots level. A post-graduate from Kashmir University, Iqbal, joined politics in 2011 as a young Congress worker. The Narwav block, spread over 56 square kilometres, comprises 17 panchayats.
Himachal chief minister Jai Ram Thakur on Tuesday announced to open SDM offices at Rakkar and Kotla Behar and block development office at Dadasiba in Jaswan Pragpur assembly constituency in Kangra. He was addressing a public meeting at Pragpur after inaugurating and laying foundation stones of 39 development projects worth ₹190 crore. He slammed the Congress' decision of appointing four working presidents in a small state like Himachal Pradesh.
The Aam Aadmi Party, which is trying to make inroads into the bipolar politics in Himachal, on Tuesday announced that education and healthcare will be its main poll planks in the state assembly elections scheduled for later this year. AAP leader and Delhi education minister Manish Sisodia on Tuesday interacted with students and teachers to get the first-hand account of the education standards in Himachal Pradesh.