Shimla, Apr 23: Himachal Pradesh reported one more coronavirus positive case on Thursday, taking the count to 41. Additional Chief Secretary, Health, R D Dhiman said the case was reported from Poanta Sahib area of Sirmaur and the person was a Nizammuddin congregation returnee. Of the 41 cases, 17 were active, 18 have recovered, two died while four moved out of the state.
The first two cases in the state were reported on March 20 while the first COVID-19-related death took place three days later, when a 69-year-old man from Mcleodganj passed away after recently having returned from the US. A 70-year-old woman staying at a factory guesthouse in Barotiwala died on April 2. So far, cases have been reported from six out of 12 districts in the state, including Una (16), Solan (10), Chamba (6), Kangra (5), Hamirpur and Sirmaur (2). Health officials said that a majority of these patients have been asymptomatic. The state police have registered nearly 1,200 FIRs related to lockdown violations or failure to disclose travel history, arresting 1025 persons. As many as 944 vehicles have been seized so far and a fine of around Rs 15 lakh imposed on violators. "Some people are still entering the state from here and there. In Nahan, a woman refused to open her door when she learnt that her daughter had come from Ambala and immediately informed the police," DGP SR Mardi said on Wednesday.
A report has been sought by the police headquarters from Kinnaur SP Saju Ram Rana whose children returned home to Kinnaur from Delhi's Karol Bagh on April 13. Kinnaur MLA Jagat Singh Negi had on Tuesday accused the ruling government of favouring influential people by allowing them to return, and questioned the return of the district police chief's children. The state police had stated that the children returned on a valid emergency pass to attend some of the last rites following the death of a close relative. Nevertheless, a report has been sought from the SP, a senior police officer said here. (UNI)