Patient was shifted to RCH Bhota, was living in Joint Family
Hamirpur, May 8, Hill Quest News
One 42-year-old man was tested positive for coronavirus from village Dudhar the Gram Panchyat Bijhri of Badsar Subdivision in Hamirpur today. The administration sealed the area and declared Bijhri Panchyat as containment zone. The patient had reportedly returned from Delhi on April 29 to the village. He came in a taxi with his wife and two children. The taxi with driver had returned to Delhi after dropping the family here.
His sample was taken after he developed mild symptoms on May 6 and was reportedly tested positive. This surged the total number of covid-19 patients in the district to three while two had already recovered. This took the tally of covid-19 patients in the state to 47.
The patient was shifted to Radhaswami Charitable Hospital Bhota and samples of 15 primary contacts and 18 of secondary contacts were taken by the health authorities so far.
It was reported that the patient was directed to follow home quarantine but was reportedly violating norms. He had a hair cut by a local barber, who also served on other people in the village. This had loomed fear in the community. It was learnt that he was living with his joint family comprising 10 members. One of his sister-in-law was health worker and was performing duty in the area. The movement of the patient and his primary contacts had posed further risk for community spread of the virus in the area.
Harikesh Meena Deputy Commissioner said that Bijhri Panchyat was sealed and declared containment zone while adjoining area was notified as buffer zone to till further orders. He said that it was also informed that the person had violated quarantine rules, hence action would be initiated in the matter. The villages in buffer zone included villages Karah, Padhyan, Bihru, Chalsai, Kotla, KAcchawin, Mangnoti and Baghed Rajputa.
Notably, people of containment and buffer zones were not allowed to move out of their houses and essential services and items were provided at the door step. No shops and markets were allowed to open as the relaxation during the curfew was also clogged.