At HP, the Covid positivity rate climbs to 16.9%

Himachal Pradesh’s Covid tally crossed the three lakh mark on Monday as another 859 people tested positive for the virus. The number of cases in the Hills State reached 3,00,380 while the death toll rose to 4,144 after three patients succumbed to the contagion.

One death each was reported in Bilaspur, Hamirpur and Kangra.

A maximum of 176 cases have been reported in Mandi, 175 in Kangra and 134 in Shimla. Seventy-five cases have been reported from Hamirpur, 66 from Bilaspur, 52 from Sirmaur, 47 from Una, 35 from Solan, 34 from Kullu, 33 from Chamba, 23 from Kinnaur and nine from Lahaul-Spiti.

Active cases climbed to 5,572 – the highest at 1,316 in Kangra, followed by Mandi (1,059) and Shimla (862). A total of 838 people have recovered, bringing recoveries to 2,90,644.

Kangra is the worst affected district with the number of cases reaching 67,698, followed by Mandi at 41,331 and Shimla at 37,994.

Meanwhile, the positivity rate in the state reached 16.9% last week (July 25-31), with Mandi, Kangra, Shimla and Kullu among the worst affected districts. The positivity rate last week was 14.3%.

Of 32,895 samples tested during the given period, 6,321 tested positive. During the previous week, 24,410 samples were tested of which 5,165 were detected positive.

Mandi recorded the highest positivity rate of 26.4% with 1,091 samples out of 4,131 testing positive for the virus. Kullu recorded a positivity rate of 19.4%. Only 1,253 samples were tested in the district of which 243 tested positive. Kinnaur’s positivity rate was 17.8% with 92 out of 512 samples testing positive for coronavirus.

Kangra, which was also the worst affected district in terms of the total number of cases reported last week, recorded a positivity rate of 17.6%, an increase of almost 5%.

Of 7,340 samples tested in the district, 1,293 tested positive. Among other districts, Bilaspur district recorded a positivity rate of 17%, Hamirpur 16.5%, Una 15.3%, Shimla 15%, Solan 14.7%, Chamba 12.9% and Lahaul-Spiti and Sirmaur 9.6% each.

The state government has already made mask wearing mandatory in educational institutions, offices, and outdoor and indoor gatherings. The orders were issued by Principal Secretary (Health) Subhasish Panda.

Covid-appropriate behaviors, especially the use of masks, are seen to be ignored by the general population, posing a serious threat to public health, the government decree states.

It says the number of Covid+ cases in the state is increasing day by day, as are the number of hospitalizations. People who are immunocompromised or have comorbidities are particularly vulnerable, and a few deaths of these patients have also occurred, he adds.

397 new cases at J&K

Covid cases at J&K have seen a sharp decline as 397 new positive cases of the novel coronavirus were reported on Monday. One death was also recorded in Jammu division.

According to official figures, 122 people have tested positive in Jammu division and 275 in Kashmir division, bringing the total number of positive cases to 4,65,163.

On Monday, another 704 patients recovered, including 287 in Jammu division and 417 in Kashmir division.

According to the official daily bulletin, there are 4,551 active cases in UT, while 4,55,840 people have recovered and 4,772 have died.


    Gaurav Bisht heads the Himachal bureau of the Hindustan Times. He covers politics in the hill state and other issues concerning the masses.
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