2,368 new cases, seven deaths in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla, January 20

As many as 2,368 Covid cases were reported in the state today, taking the tally to 254,410. Besides, seven persons died of the virus (three in Kangra, two in Shimla and one each in Mandi and Una).

The highest 402 cases were recorded in Sirmaur, followed by 371 in Kangra, 338 in Solan, 329 in Mandi, 229 in Shimla, 227 in Hamirpur, 137 in Kullu, 131 in Una, and 110 in Bilaspur, 64 in Chamba, 20 in Kinnaur and 10 in Lahaul and Spiti. The number of active cases rose to 15,618 and the total deaths increased to 3,899.

First Omicron case in Solan

The first case of the Omicron variant of Covid in Solan district was detected in the Baddi industrial area on Thursday. This was the fifth such case in the state till now.

Chief Medical Officer, Solan, Dr Rajan Uppal said that the history of a woman, who had tested positive for Omicron, was being traced in the Baddi industrial area.

Health officials stated that since no international traveller had tested positive for Covid in the district or the Baddi industrial belt, it was being presumed that the woman had no travel history. Her sample for genome sequencing was sent on December 29 and the report was received on Thursday.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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