Covid cases surge in Himachal Pradesh, focus on contact tracing again: The Tribune India

Tribune press service

Pratibha Chauhan

Shimla, July 13

The government has decided to improve testing and focus on contact tracing to contain the transmission of Covid-19. There were 354 Covid cases in the state yesterday.

The focus will be on improving testing for asymptomatic people and those visiting health facilities for procedures.

“We have decided to continue testing, aggressively undertake contact tracing and encourage people to adopt Covid-appropriate behavior, especially using a mask in crowded and closed places,” Subhashish said. Panda, Principal Secretary, Health, who chaired a meeting with Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) here yesterday.

He said the number of cases was constantly increasing and the only consolation was that the variant (B2) found in the majority of patients was a milder virus although it transmitted much faster.

“It is for this reason that despite 1,580 active cases, only 32 patients required hospitalization and 10 required oxygen,” Panda said.

Covid cases kept rising in July. The cause for concern is the fact that the cases are no longer sporadic. No less than 18 clusters, with three or more cases, have been declared. These include 43 schoolchildren who tested positive in Bhuntar and 19 cases recorded in McLeodganj. The highest number of seven clusters was reported in Kangra, followed by two in Sirmaur, Mandi and Una.

As part of the strategy to contain the spread of Covid, the Ministry of Health will encourage people to take booster doses. Priority in the booster dose will be given to healthcare personnel and frontline workers.

Himachal has set up his own genome sequencing analysis facility at Government Medical College, Nerchowk, Mandi. The facility became operational last week. Emphasis is placed on identifying infectious variants and their reported mutations in Himachal so that preventive measures can be taken.

358 new cases, highest 80 in Chamba

  • As many as 358 Covid cases were reported in the state on Wednesday. However, there were no fatalities.
  • The highest number of 80 cases were recorded in Chamba, 66 in Kangra, 43 in Sirmaur, 35 in Shimla, 29 in Kullu, 27 in Mandi, 23 in Hamirpur, 19 in Bilaspur, 14 in Solan, 10 in Kinnaur, nine to Una. and three in Lahaul and Spiti.
  • The number of active cases rose to 1,580 while the total number of cases rose to 288,493. PTI