Two test positive for coronavirus in Himachal

Hamirpur: Two people tested positive for novel coronavirus in Himachal Pradesh on Saturday night, taking the total number of cases in the state to 53, including 11 active cases. Additional chief secretary (health) RD Dhiman said that the two patients tested positive in Kangra and Hamirpur. “There are now two active cases in Hamirpur and three each in Kangra and Chamba, while Mandi, Shimla and Una districts have one patient each,” he said. The sample of a woman living in Sirmaur district tested positive for novel coronavirus in a private laboratory on Friday, health officials said. She has been isolated and her samples are now being tested in a government-run facility. Sirmaur chief medical officer Dr K K Prashar said that the woman has no recent travel history outside the state. “We cannot share details about the patient until her results are out,” he said. On Friday, four people had tested positive across the state, comprising a woman from Amb who had returned from Delhi, a man from Shahpur who had returned from Noida, a Hamirpur resident who returned from Delhi and the two-year-old daughter of a COVID-19 patient in Chamba. Excluding the private laboratory report, 10 confirmed cases have been reported in Himachal since May 4, and most of them have been linked to people who have returned from NCR in the last two weeks.