Covid-19: At 1.7%, Himachal Pradesh positivity rate more than nation’s

Tribune News Service

Shimla, November 16

With the positivity rate of 1.7 per cent over the past one week, the Covid situation in the state still remains worrisome with Hamirpur, Kangra and Mandi districts being the worst affected.

Kangra and Hamirpur districts had a positivity rate of higher than 3 per cent between November 8 and 16. The positivity rate at the national level today was 0.9 per cent, which is almost half of that in Himachal. A total of 878 new Covid cases, besides 36 deaths, have been reported across the state during the period, which is quite high.

The health authorities urged people to exercise precaution and strictly adhere to social-distancing norms and Covid guidelines.

The worst-hit Kangra district reported 307 Covid cases in the past one week and an exceptionally high positivity rate of 3.3 per cent, besides 17 deaths. Hamirpur district had a positivity rate of 3.4 per cent, besides seven deaths.

Mandi, with a positivity rate of 2.4 per cent, reported four Covid-related deaths. Shimla reported a positivity rate of 1.5 per cent, followed by 1.4 per cent in Una.

Even though the government has decided to open schools even for the junior classes, the Education Department is closely monitoring the situation. Prior to Diwali also, the government decided to close down schools for one week to be able to break the transmission chain as a large number of teachers and students had tested positive.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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