HP falling short on COVID testing targets

State achieves only 29.8 pc of Covid testing last week 

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Shimla, Oct 4
As Educational institutions have started opening up and even tourist footfall is on the rise, but evidently seems, that thr State health authority are not able to achieve COVID 19 testing  targets as only 29.9 pc of the target was achieved the last week.
Spokesperson of health department shared the Weekly Covid report from Sep 27 to Oct 3 said that of the  target testing 175140 tests, state could conduct only 52220 tests which is 29.8 per cent . In Kangra district against 37800 target only 10074( 26.7 pc) tests were achieved, In Mandi against target of 25200 just 4271 (16.9) tests,Shimla target 21000 achieved 5569 (26.5 pc) Chamba target- 13440 and achieved – 3673 (27.3 pc) Bilaspur target-10080 and achieved 5948 (59 pc).
Hamirpur target 11700 and achieved 05592(47.6 pc), Sirmaur target 13440 and achieved 2409 (17.9 pc), Solan  target 15120 and achieved 4944 (32.7 pc), Una 13440 and achieved 6107 (45.4 pc), Kullu 10920 pc and achieved 2082 (19.1 pc), Kinnaur 2100 and achieved 929 (44..2 pc) and Lahaul Spiti 840 and achieved 622 (74 pc) respectively.
The report said that 13024 (24.9 pc) under gone molecular or RT-PCR testing and 39196 gor RAT test done.
Out of 52220 tests 1086 were tested positive for Covid which include 274 in Kangra, 251 in Hamirpur district 161 in Mandi, 121 in Bilaspur, 91 in Shimla, 62 in Una and 52 in Solan, 22 in Kullu , 21 in Chamba ,five Lahaul Spiti and four in Sirmaur.
The positivity rate of state was 2.1 and which was highest in Hamirpur and 3.8 in Mandi. During the week 12 people died of Covid including five in Kangra and three in Mandi one each in Shimla, Una, Chamba and Hamirpur.
Soon after declaration of byelection in the state COVID appropriate protocol seems to have gone into the wind. People especially tourists are not wearing masks properly or maintaining
social distancing in the public. Number of cases were reported among students and nursing trainee during the week..

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