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In Himachal, Covid cases dip but fatality rate still a concern

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Even as the Covid-19 infections have started to fall in Himachal Pradesh, the high death rate is keeping the health authorities on tenterhooks.

This month till November 20, the state has recorded a total of 2,238 Covid infections and 74 fatalities.

The case fatality ratio in these 20 days was 3.30%, highest since June when the second surge ebbed after wreaking havoc in the state.

The overall death count in the state has reached 3,812 after 74 people have succumbed to the contagion during this period, as compared to total 78 deaths reported in the state in October.

The highest number of deaths in a single month (1,643) was reported in May this year in the state, while the lowest 42 deaths were reported in July.

The November spike

The state recorded a sudden rise in the death since from November 6-15 when 53 people died due to the infection in just 10 days. Average five fatalities were reported in the state every day.

The highest single tally was on November 11 when a total of 10 fatalities were reported in the state, the highest after nearly four months, while nine people died on November 13.

Chief minister Jai Ram Thakur admits that the death tally has suddenly gone up in the state. “We have daily infections, but the death rate has gone up which is quite worrisome,” he said.

Thakur said it was observed that most of the deaths were reported among home-isolated patients, patients with comorbidities and aged persons.

He said respective district authorities have been directed to stay in touch with patients in home isolation.

“Apart from it, the authorities have been told to immediately shift the patients to the nearest hospital if their condition deteriorates in home isolation,” he said, adding that the situation has again been improving.

Kangra, Hamirpur report maximum deaths

In November, Kangra, Hamirpur and Mandi districts have reported the maximum deaths. Kangra was the worst hit with a total of 39 fatalities reported within 20 days and was followed by 13 fatalities in Hamirpur and 11 in Mandi. Five deaths each were reported in Shimla and Una and one in Kinnaur.

The prime reason for the high fatalities in Kangra and Hamirpur was the high number of infections recorded in these two districts during this period. Kangra recorded 814 cases of Covid infections while Hamirpur followed with 442 cases.

Positivity rate declines, still above national average

Even as the positivity rate in the state declined from 1.7% to 1.3% within a week, it is still above the national average of 0.9%.

Kangra and Hamirpur are the worst hit districts with their positivity rate above 2% in last one week. The situation has improved a bit in Mandi, Bilaspur and Una.

With the positivity rate of 1.7 per cent over the past one week, the Covid situation in the state still remains worrisome with Hamirpur, Kangra and Mandi districts being the worst affected.

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omicron: Third case of Covid Omicron strain confirmed in Spain

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MADRID: The third case of infection with the new strain of Covid-19, Omicron, has been confirmed in Spain – in the Balearic Islands, health authorities said.
“The microbiology laboratory of the Son Espaces University Hospital today confirmed a positive result of the Omicron SARS-CoV-2 strain through a special PCR test,” the health council of the Balearic Islands government said in a statement.
The first two cases of the new strain were previously confirmed in Madrid.
In all three cases, coronavirus was diagnosed in travellers from South Africa.

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The Railway Men Release Date: YRF Entertainment has announced its first web series The Railway Men which is a tribute to the unsung heroes of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy.

What is The Railway Men about?

In 1984, the Bhopal Gas Tragedy occurred on the night of December 2 when methyl isocyanate (MIC) spilt out from Union Carbide India Ltd’s (UCIL’s) pesticide factory and turned Bhopal into a gas chamber. At least 30 tonnes of the lethal gas killed more than 15,000 people and affected over 600,000 workers. The Railway Men revolves around the workers at the Bhopal railway station who saved thousands of lives.

The tragedy is often touted as the world’s biggest man-made industrial disaster. In fact, the toxins have also seeped into the water of Bhopal and it was only in 2011 that the rehabilitated people started getting clean water.

“The leak affected boys in our bastis, many are impotent and those who have fathered children have kids with some kind of disability. Nobody wants to marry girls from our bastis, too.” said Shehzadi, Activist, International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal said.

Star Cast

The cast of the movie is led by R. Madhavan, Kay Kay Menon, Divyenndu Sharma and Babil Khan. It is directed by Shiv Rawail.

Akshaye Widhani, senior VP at Yash Raj Films said, “The Bhopal Gas Tragedy is the world’s worst industrial disaster that has impacted scores of people since the tragedy struck the city 37 years ago. At YRF, we are constantly trying to develop the best compelling stories for audience and this is our tribute to the unsung heroes of the tragedy who, despite saving thousands of lives on that fateful day, are still unknown to people across the world.”

When to watch The Railway Men

The Railway Men started filming from December 1st, yesterday.


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India’s daily Covid-19 rises for 2nd consecutive day amid Omicron scare | Latest News India

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The daily Covid-19 tally of India increased for the second consecutive day on Thursday as the country reported 9,765 new cases in the last 24 hours, according to the numbers updated on the Union ministry of health family welfare’s website. On Wednesday, there were 8,954 cases of infections, a jump of 1,964 cases than Tuesday’s, when it had logged 6,990 cases. It was the lowest in the last 551 days.

The active caseload remained below the 1 lakh mark and now stands at 99,763. Active cases account for less than 1% of total cases, currently at 0.29%. It is the lowest since March 2020.

The recovery rate is currently at 98.35%, the health ministry also mentioned. According to the data, 8,548 people were recuperated from the disease in the last 24 hours, pushing the total recoveries to reach 34,037,054.

Notably, the daily positivity rate (0.89%) has been less than 2% for the last 59 days, while the weekly positivity rate (0.85%) is less than 1% for the last 18 days.

The country has conducted 64.35 crore total tests so far, the health ministry also informed in its daily health bulletin. On the vaccination front, India has administered 124.96 crore doses so far.

The uptick in cases comes as the country along with the world is facing the threat of Omicron, a highly contagious mutation of the coronavirus, first detected in South Africa. On Wednesday, six international passengers tested positive for the Covid-19 out of 3,476 passengers from the countries designated as “at-risk” by the Indian government.

They were tested on arrival at airports across the country as the Centre’s revised guidelines for Covid testing came into effect. The samples of all six have been sent for whole-genome sequencing to confirm Omicron infection.

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