Making apprehension of return of COVID -19 virus in Himachal true with return of a large number of natives back home after relaxation in curfew norms on April 20, a person has been tested positive on Monday.

A 30 years old person working in a telecom company in NOIDA after returning to his native village under Drubbal panchayat of the district on April 29 , has been admitted in Shri Lal Bahadur Shashtri Medical College (SLBSMC) Nerchowk.

An exodus had begun to the state as thousands of native keen of returning home had thronged to barriers on the state borders to seek entry passes, creating chaos at many places.

Observing the situation many people had feared flow of the virus along with natives coming from COVID affected areas and further spread of the virus in the state, which had almost become COVID free with just one positive person last week.

It is going to be a real challenge before the state government to keep the state free from the virus as there are reports of more than seventy five thousand natives returning homes during the last few days from Delhi, Punjab, Haryana etc.

CMO Mandi Dr Jiva Nand Chauhan said, “The health of the person was being monitored after his return and ASHA workers had noted symptom of high temperature in him, he has now been tested positive for COVID – 19 and admitted in COVID hospital Nerchowk.”

Deputy Commissioner Mandi Rugved Thakur had immediately deputed SDM Joginder Nagar to cardon –off the areas and as a standard operating procedure the area of 3 kms radius has been declared as a containment zone and 2kms area beyond this as a buffer zone. has been declared as a containment zone and 2kms area beyond this as a buffer zone.

The officials of the district administration and health department have also reached the village and quarantined the family members of the affected person and closely monitoring health of his fellow travelers in the hired taxi.

“The state government has now made implementation of quarantine norms stricter and seeking affidavit from all returnees making them liable for spread of virus under Disaster Management ACT in case of any negligence during quarantine period,” CMO added.

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