Covid cases rising, CM Jai Ram Thakur hints at stricter curbs

Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 19

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today hinted that the government could impose stricter restrictions and reconsider opening of schools which have been closed till August 22 in view the abrupt spike in Covid cases. He was presiding over a video conference with DCs and SPs here today to review the Covid situation. He directed all Deputy Commissioners to focus on contact tracing, especially in rural areas.

"At present, there are around 2,700 active cases of coronavirus and it is a matter of concern that there has been a major surge in a very short period," the Chief Minister said. He added that most of the cases had been reported from the rural areas whereas there were very less cases in the urban areas, including major tourist places which indicates that there had been no impact of tourist flow to different parts of the state.

He said that social gatherings, marriage functions and feasts appeared to be the main reasons behind spread of the pandemic. "Almost 29 per cent of the people have taken the second dose and by November, 2021 all the people of the state would be administered vaccine," he stated.

He said there were adequate oxygenated general beds, oxygen concentrators, testing kits and ventilators. The work on setting up 28 additional PSA plants was in progress.

Thakur directed the district administration of Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Chamba and Kinnaur to make a provision for testing of labourers keeping in view the ongoing apple season in these districts. He said that the state had performed well in vaccination drive with zero per cent wastage.

He said Hamirpur, Kullu, Bilaspur, Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti districts have already achieved cent per cent target of first dose and target had been fixed to vaccinate all persons above the age of 18 plus within 10 days.

He said that funds and manpower would be increased for the police department to strengthen the checking mechanism at the borders and other areas.

Chief Secretary Ram Subhag Singh said keeping in view the rise in cases in rural areas, panchayats and sub divisional level teams should be made more active. He said that a Covid Officer should be deployed for 10-12 panchayats for monitoring of Covid-19 cases.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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