Two personnel in Himachal CM’s security squad test positive; 180 new infections take tally to 3,816
Two personnel in Himachal Pradesh chief minister Jai Ram Thakur’s security squad have tested positive for Covid-19.
One of them is the driver of the pilot vehicle in the CM’s motorcade, while the other is a gunman, officials said.
They were part of the security squad during the chief minister’s travel from Kangra to Jwalamukhi on August 7 and then moved to Una. Thakur’s Una tour was cancelled so both of them joined back duty in Shimla.
The chief minister was on a tour to Kangra from August 6 to 8. The health authorities have now started contact tracing. BJP workers had flouted social distancing norms during the chief minister’s visit.
The party workers had gathered in large number at places the CM visited during his tour and many of them were not even wearing masks.
Veteran BJP leader Shanta Kumar had advised the chief minister to avoid field visits and follow social distancing norms strictly.
Besides the two security personnel, two new Covid-19 patients were reported in Shimla. A youngster admitted at Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, tested positive, while a migrant labourer from Bihar was found infected with coronavirus in Rohru sub division.
Forty patients who were admitted in the Medical Ward of IGMC have been isolated after the youth was found positive and ward has been sealed.
STEEPEST SPIKE OF 180 IN 24 HOURS
A total of 180 people have tested positive in the state since in last 24 hours taking the state’s tally to 3,816. Twenty-eight cases were recorded on Wednesday night and 152 today.
On Wednesday state witnessed steepest spike of 153 case.
Sixty-nine cases have been recorded in Kullu, 19 in Hamirpur, 18 in Una, 14 in Mandi, 13 in Chamba, 10 in Kinnaur and Solan, 9 eaqch in Sirmaur and Shimla, seven in Bilaspur, and two in Kangra.
Most of the sixty nine people tested positive in Kullu are farm labourers who were here for apple season. They were in institutional quarantine.
Ten people tested positive in Kinnaur were primary contacts of a Covid positive couple back from Delhi.
The infected people had attended the last rites of a family member of the couple on August 2.
The couple had returned from Delhi in the first week of July and tested negative after completing quarantine. They tested positive when a retest was done two days ago.
The health authorities have now started rigorous contact mapping.
In Palampur a former BJP block president has tested positive. He had also met Rajya Sabha member Indu Goswami recently. However, Goswami’s first Covid-19 report is negative.
The total tally of coronavirus cases in the state has climbed to 3,816 with 1,328 active cases and 2,435 recoveries.
Solan is the worst-hit district with 913 cases followed by Kangra at 554, Sirmour 471, Hamirpur 389, Una 312, Mandi 287, Chamba 267, Shimla 216, Kullu 190, Bilaspur 155, Kinnaur 58 and Lahaul-Spiti four.
Himachal also recorded 17th death due to the virus on Thursday. The deceased, aged 68, was diabetic and also suffering from hypertension. He was shifted from Zonal Hospital to Lala Bahadur Shashtri Government Medical College, Nerchowk a day ago.
Tibba police busted a honey-trap racket and arrested four persons, including two women, on Saturday. One of the members of the gang has yet to be caught, the police said. The FIR against them has been registered on the complaint of Nagendra Yadav of New Vijay Nagar. A fabric manufacturer, Yadav, told the police that he runs a factory near Puneet Nagar. On Friday evening, he was going to his factory on a scooter.
Bringing relief from the scorching heat, the thunderstorm witnessed in the city on Saturday evening turned the weather pleasant. Partly cloudy weather prevailed in the city since morning and rains, along with strong winds, brought down the mercury levels in the evening. As per the meteorological department, Chandigarh, the maximum temperature in the city was recorded at 40 degrees Celsius while the minimum was 27 degrees.
Division number 8 police have booked an employee of a jewellery shop for allegedly stealing items worth lakhs on Friday. Akash has been identified as Akash of Chaura Bazaar. The FIR has been registered following the statement of Lalit Chopra of Rishi Nagar. The complainant said that on Friday, they were present in the store and were attending to customers.
The joint co-coordinator of Kisan Congress, a wing of All India Congress Committee, has been booked for hurting religious sentiments by cleaning a statue of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi installed in a park in Salem Tabri with Gursimran Singh Mand's turban. The action against Gursimran Singh Mand has been taken around 10 months after the incident. Mand had reached the spot and cleaned the statue with his turban, which sparked a row.
The cybercrime wing of Punjab Police has issued an advisory to mobile phone users to be cautious of fraudsters who have found new ways to trap and dupe people. These fraudsters pose as officers and dupe people by sending them suspicious links on WhatsApp. Three such cases have been reported in Ludhiana in the past 45 days wherein fraudsters duped people by impersonating officials. The police have solved only one case till now.