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Himachal Pradesh govt imposes 10-day strict curfew amid corona surge

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Shimla: Amid an exponential surge in the number of Covid cases in state, the Himachal Pradesh government on Wednesday imposed 10-day long coronavirus curfew across the state. The corona curfew will be in place from midnight of May 6 till May 16. All offices will remain shut and only essential services will be allowed to operate.

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No one from outside travelling to Himachal will be allowed to enter without a negative RT-PCR test report.

Also, Class 10 exams in the state have been cancelled and students will be promoted, the Himachal Pradesh govt said today.

Meanwhile, Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday recorded the highest single-day spike of 3,824 fresh Covid-19 cases and 48 deaths, a senior official said, citing data updated till 7 pm.

The Covid-19 death toll in the state now stands at 1,647 and tally at 1,10,945.

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Of the state’s new casualties, 15 were reported in the worst-hit district of Kangra, following 11 in Solan, six in Sirmaur, four each in Shimla and Hamirpur, three in Una, two each in Chamba and Kullu and one in Mandi, Special Health Secretary Nipun Jindal said.

While 27 of them females, the rest were males – both in the age group of 30 to 92, he said.

The official said that on average, every fourth sample returned a positive report. The positivity rate in the state was recorded at 23.97% with 3,824 of the 15,954 tested samples, found to be positive, he added.

The number of active Covid-19 cases in the state has climbed to 23,572.

Kangra has the highest number of active cases in the state at 5,775, followed by 3,100 in Solan, 2,820 in Mandi, 2,413 in Shimla, 2,331 in Sirmaur, 1,739 in Bilaspur, 1,709 in Hamirpur, 1,438 in Una, 1,017 in Chamba, 671 each in Kullu and Kinnaur and 301 in Lahaul-Spiti.

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So far, a total of 1,992 coronavirus patients have recovered from the infection, taking the total tally of recoveries in the state to 85,671.

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