47 Covid deaths in Himachal in 12 days

Subhash Rajta

tribune news service

Shimla, November 12

Himachal is witnessing an increase in the number of Covid deaths over the last couple of weeks. In the first 12 days of the month, as many as 47 persons succumbed to the virus, with 10 deaths being reported on November 11, the highest single-day figure in the past several months.

Above 60 most hit

Most victims (43 of 47) were above 60 years and with comorbid conditions, the most common being diabetes and hypertension. Hemraj Bairwa, National Health Mission MD

As per the death audit, 43 of the 47 victims were elderly, having underlying comorbid conditions. "Most were above 60 years and with comorbid conditions, the most common being diabetes and hypertension," said National Health Mission MD Hemraj Bairwa. In October, the state had recorded 75 deaths, with the first 12 days registering 31 deaths. For the state that has vaccinated nearly 100 per cent of its eligible people with the first dose and 72 per cent with the second, isn't the uptick in the number of deaths a matter of concern and surprising too? "Vaccination will not give 100 per cent protection, especially if Covid-appropriate behaviour is not followed. As most deaths of late have been of those in the 60-plus category with comorbid conditions, this section needs to be more careful. The moment they show some symptoms, they should go for testing," said Dr Malay Sarkar, a member of the state Covid clinical committee. Dr Sarkar said some laxity was being noticed among people over adhering to Covid-appropriate behaviour. "Also, people don't get tested immediately. Late diagnosis results in damage to lungs and other organs. And if such people have a comorbidity as well, the prognosis becomes poor," said Dr Sarkar. Bairwa stressed the need for keeping a regular track of people in home isolation.

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Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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