Tribune News Service
Shimla, May 10
The hill state has seen a sharp increase in the positivity rate, which has jumped to 26.3 per cent, a quantum leap of six per cent in a week.
Himachal has witnessed over 5,000 new cases in a day and the positivity rate has risen to 26.3 per cent from 20.04 per cent between April 26 and May 2. Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Kangra, Mandi, Shimla, Sirmour and Solan districts have been the worst-hit.
However, amidst this gloomy picture there has been a slight decline in fatality figure during the past fortnight from 1.38 per cent to 1.17 per cent last week.
“Weekly tests conducted in the last week has crossed one lakh and 1,02,455 tests were conducted in the past seven days,” said Nipun Jindal, Director of National Health Mission. He added that 84,351 tests were conducted in a week a fortnight ago, indicating that testing has been drastically ramped up .
Jindal said amidst the pandemic, the endeavour of the Health Department was to ensure that health facilities were not denied to non-Covid medical services like maternal, newborn and child care, dialysis, tuberculosis, HIV and maintenance of voluntary blood donation.
He said that directions had been given to all chief medical officers and medical superintendents that any case of denial of services to patients reaching the hospital would invite serious action. Directions had also been issued to all hospitals not to delay essential health services to any patient for the want of Covid negative report.