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Himachal imposes 10-day “corona curfew” amid soaring cases

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A man waits for his turn near the clinic in McLeod Ganj. April 21, 2020. Phayul photo-Tenzin Leckphel

By Tenzin Dharpo

DHARAMSHALA, May 5: The state of Himachal Pradesh will impose a 10-day “corona curfew” amid rising number of Covid-19 cases and fatalities beginning May 7, a government order from the Disaster Management Cell stated on Wednesday. The directives are issued following a meeting with highest level of the state functionaries including Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur in Shimla.

The district of Kangra where the exiled Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama is based and the seat of the exile Tibetan government is located, has become the worst hit district in the state with highest number of active cases at 5,775. Kangra district also recorded 15 of the 48 deaths recorded in the new casualty list of the state, Special Health Secretary Nipun Jindal said.

There were 106 new cases and 2 deaths in Dharamshala’s Tibetan community according to latest data base released last week by the Central Tibetan Administration’s task force on Covid-19. The offices of the CTA have been operating on 50% capacity since April 24 after cases in the district began surging.

The corona curfew scheduled to begin on Friday will be in place from 6 am of 7 May to 6 am of 17 May. All offices will remain shut and only essential services will be allowed to operate. People travelling to Himachal will be required to show a mandatory negative RT-PCR test report for passage, the state order mandated.

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

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