North Gazette News
The number of Covid- 19 patients in on rise in the hill state of Himachal Pradesh, as two new cases have been reported from Kangra and Chamba districts. A person from Jwali area of Kangra district, who was working with a media house at Jalandhar has been found Covid-19 positive. He had returned from Punjab last week and has been admitted in Tanda Medical College. A sample collection van of health department had taken 8 samples of different persons which had Covid-19 like symptoms and had sent these for testing on Tuesday. Seven samples were found negative,while one found positive. The number of Covid-19 cases reported so far, have been reached to 35. The second person who had also returned from Punjab to Chamba district, had informed the police about his arrival. He was quarantined and was kept in isolation. Sources said that the administrations of both the districts were trying to ascertain the persons who came in their contact.
CM directs officers to adhere to the guidelines of MH
While holding video conferencing in the wake of corona pandemic with all the Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of Police and Chief Medical Officers of the State from Shimla today, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur directed the officers to adhere to the guidelines of Union Ministry of Home Affairs and said that there should be no laxity till 20 April, 2020.
The Chief Minister said that all the primary and secondary contacts of Tablighi Jamat should be identified and tested and laxity would not be tolerated in this respect.
Jai Ram Thakur said that wearing of masks has been made mandatory for all and disobedience in this regard would be viewed seriously. He said that people can also wear the home made masks. He urged the NGOs to come forward in providing home-made masks to the people of the State. He said that spitting in public places has also been made an offence and the government would take strict action against violators.
He said that plying of trucks and other private carriage carrying essential commodities and vegetables should be allowed with three persons including two drivers and one conductor to ensure adequate availability of essential commodities in the State. He said that vehicles should be sanitized and drivers and conductor should be medically checked up. He directed the officers to keep constant check on hoarding and profiteering and strict action must against erring shopkeepers.
Jai Ram Thakur asked the officers that farmers should be allowed to harvest their crops and motivate them for adopting social distancing while working in the fields. He said that steps must also be taken for procurement of their produce so that they do not face any inconvenience due to imposition of curfew. He said that shops dealing with farming inputs should be allowed to open to facilitate the farmers and horticulturists.
Complete restriction on inter-district and intra district movement
Chief Minister said that there would be complete restriction on inter-district and intra district movement and no vehicle, except permitted by the Government, would ply during the curfew. The hotspots of coronavirus would be sealed and there would be no relaxation in curfew in these areas. He said that individual movement would not be allowed in the State except in exceptional cases.
Chief Secretary Anil Khachi assured the Chief Minister that guidelines issued by Ministry of Home Affairs would be adhered to strictly.Director General of Police S.R. Mardi directed the Superintendents of Police to counter the fake news effectively so that people could be made aware about the factual position. Additional Chief Secretary Manoj Kumar and R.D. Dhiman Principal Secretaries J.C. Sharma and Onkar Chand Sharma, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Sanjay Kundu and Secretary Rajneesh also attended the meeting.