Millennium Post (Kolkata)

No weekend lockdown in HP for now

- OUR CORRESPOND­ENT

SHIMLA: With 10 deaths and 842 new cases in the past 24-hours, some families losing two or three members in a single day, Himachal Pradesh is witnessing an alarming spread of the virus but the state government doesn't find any need of weekend lockdown as done by Punjab and Delhi.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, who chaired a high level meeting here on Friday to review the current status of Covid-19, said there was no immediate need of night curfew like situation or a weekend lockdown.

“We will watch the developmen­ts and also keep a close eye. After two days, we will again meet and take a call if any lockdown is to be imposed to combat the disease, which is spreading fast and has high fatality,” he informed reporters after the meeting.

Thakur said there was adequate availabili­ty of medicines (Remdesivir), oxygenated beds, masks and sanitizers etc in the state. He directed the health department to enhance the capacity of oxygenated beds in the hospitals to meet all emergencie­s in the coming days.

So far 13,60 lakh persons have been screened for Covid19 through RT-PCR, rapid antigen test, True-Nat and

CV-Nat. He added that 11,87 lakh doses of Covid vaccines have been provided so far in the state.

The Chief Minister said that he himself was touring various districts of the state to take stock of the situation with the officials besides communicat­ing with the representa­tives of PRIs, ULBs and various organisati­ons to make efforts to bring public awareness regarding prevention from this pandemic at the grass root level. He said that it was important to increase the participat­ion of public representa­tives to control and break the chain of this virus.

Thakur said that alongwith dedicated helpline for Covid19 patients in home isolation, the use of e-Sanjeevani and telephone number 104 was being encouraged. He also instructed the doctors to contact the Covid patients in home isolation for counsellin­g.

On the demand by the hoteliers to withdraw the orders on RT-PCR test report for coming to the state, Chief Minister said the hoteliers have also responsibi­lity to enforce SoP. They should cooperate with the government to deal with the situation.

“We will take more strict measures as the Covid condition in the country was quite precarious,” he said.

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