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Himachal Pradesh: Kangra overtakes Hamirpur in highest number of Covid-19 cases, state’s tally crosses 500-mark

With 10 fresh cases on Saturday, Kangra has surpassed Hamirpur district after it reported the highest number of Covid-19 cases in Himachal Pradesh, officials said.

A total of 16 fresh cases — 10 in Kangra, four in Shimla, one each in Sirmour and Solan– were reported in the state on Saturday, Additional Chief Secretary (Health) R D Dhiman said.

Kangra district has 138 cases in the state, followed by Hamirpur 131, Una 61, Solan 40, Chamba 35, Sirmaur 27, Bilaspur 24, Mandi 22, Shimla 19, four in Kullu and two in Kinnaur.

Lahaul-Spiti is the only of the total 12 districts in Himachal Pradesh where no coronavirus case has been reported.

The total number of positive cases in the state now stands at 503, with seven deaths.

Sixteen patients — four in Hamirpur, three each in Sirmaur and Kangra, two each in Chamba and Mandi and one each in Una and Bilaspur — recovered from the disease on Saturday, Special Secretary (Health) Nipun Jindal said.

The number of those who have recovered from the disease so far in the state is 309, while 176 are active cases and 11 COVID-19 patients have migrated out of the state, Dhiman said.

Kangra district has also the highest number of active cases in the state at 63, Dhiman said.

Hamirpur has 34 active cases, followed by Una (24), Sirmaur (13), Solan (10), Shimla and Chamba (8 each), Bilaspur (7), Mandi (5), Kullu and Kinnaur (two each), he added.

In Kangra, 74 people have been cured whereas one has died of the deadly virus.

Of the 10 fresh cases, nine recently returned to Kangra from Delhi while one from Andhra Pradesh, a district official said that all are asymptomatic and without co- morbidities.

A seven-month-old Delhi returnee girl, her 30-year-old mother and her 24-year-old sister-in-law from Jaisinghpur tehsil have tested positive, he said.

They were in home quarantine since they returned from Delhi in a taxi on June 1, Dhiman added.

A 29-year-old man from Jawali tehsil who had returned in a train from Delhi’s Rangpuri on June 5, a 49-year-old driver from Khundian tehsil who recently came back from Delhi and a 27-year-old engineer of Rakkar tehsil who recently returned from Andhra Pradesh’s Vijayawada also tested positive, the official added.

They were in institutional quarantine at Parour and are being shifted to the dedicated COVID care centre (DCCC) at Dadh, he added.

An 11-year-old boy from Baijnath has also tested positive, Dhiman said, adding that he was home in quarantine since his arrival from Delhi and is being shifted to the DCCC Baijnath.

A 42-year-old man from Jarpal village in Jawali, a 30-year-old man from Lachun village in Dehra and a 36-year-old man from Tharu village in Jawali have also tested positive, he said, adding that they had recently returned from Delhi.

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