41 of HP village’s 42 residents test positive; MLA suspects tourist influx

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    41 of HP village’s 42 residents test positive; MLA believes tourist increase

    By: Express News Service|Shimla |

    November 21, 2020 10: 42: 56 am





    Himachal Pradesh covid update, Himachal village coronavirus, Lahaul spite tourist covid-19, indian express The snow-covered Sissu valley in Himachal Pradesh’s Lahaul-Spiti district on Friday. (Express Image: Pradeep Kumar)

    OF THE 42 citizens of Thorang village in Himachal’s Lahaul-Spiti district, 41 have evaluated positive for the novel coronavirus, health authorities said. All patients have actually been isolated in your home, and the area became a containment zone, officials stated. A middle-aged guy is the only homeowner in the town who checked unfavorable.

    Location MLA Ram Lal Markanda said the village locals had not gotten involved in any celebration just recently. A temple in the area is frequented by visitors, and the sudden influx of travelers into Lahaul valley following the opening of the Atal Tunnel might have spread the infection there, he said.

    The district has actually reported 909 Covid cases so far, with 425 active cases.

    Last month, around 40 homeowners of Rangrik town in Spiti had evaluated favorable after going to a wedding in Manali.

    Citizens of Spiti have kept all tourism-related activities in their valley closed given that the pandemic started, and have all chosen to continue doing so till at least March 31 next year. Homeowners have actually likewise enforced stringent quarantine norms for individuals originating from outdoors, and had blocked the entry of their own MLA into Kaza village previously this year.

    In the adjoining valley of Lahaul, nevertheless, there have actually been no such restrictions, and there has actually been a rise in the variety of visitors after the Atal Tunnel at Rohtang was tossed open to the general public in early October. The otherwise remote valley remains cut-off from the rest of the state for around six months every winter due to heavy snow obstructing the Rohtang Pass, which is the entrance to the valley.

    This winter season, nevertheless, the Atal Tunnel which was developed by the BROTHER to facilitate troop movement on the Manali-Leh route till Ladakh, has actually facilitated access to the location. Tourists and local homeowners alike have actually been flocking to the tunnel and visit Lahaul, which is already covered in snow after a number of wet spells.

    On the other hand, Himachal reported 161 cases on Friday, and has around 6,500 active cases presently. The total caseload of the state is 32,358, consisting of 486 deaths.

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