Shimla, Aug 20 (PTI) The COVID-19 death toll in Himachal Pradesh reached 21 on Thursday with one more fatality while 29 fresh cases pushed the infection tally to 4,441.
A 41-year-old man, who died in a Kangra hospital within minutes of being admitted there around Wednesday midnight, was found coronavirus positive on Thursday, Chief Medical Officer Gurdarshan Gupta said.
Dr Gupta told PTI that the patient’s samples had been taken around midnight and the report came positive on Thursday.
He was suffering from high fever for the last there or four days, he added.
With this, the number of deaths due to COVID-19 in the hill state has risen to 21.
The deaths linked to COVID-19 in Himachal Pradesh include that of a 70-year-old Delhi woman who had stayed at a factory guest house in Solan’s Baddi. She died at the PGIMER in Chandigarh on April 2.
The state health department initially showed her death in its record but it stopped doing so later stating that as per protocol, her death should be included in Chandigarh where she had tested positive.
On the contrary, Chandigarh authorities said her death should be included in the records of Himachal Pradesh from where she had been referred.
Of the fresh 29 cases, 22 were reported from Solan, four from Sirmaur and three from Chamba, Special Secretary (Health) Nipun Jindal said.
Meanwhile, 47 patients -- 22 each in Solan and Sirmaur and three in Chamba-- recovered from the infection on Thursday, Jindal said.
With this, the number of recovered patients has risen to 3,039. Forty patients have migrated out of the state, he added.
The number of active cases now stands at 1,340, he said.
Solan has the highest number of active cases in the state at 360, followed by 180 in Kullu, 127 in Sirmaur, 126 in Mandi, 115 in Kangra, 100 in Chamba, 96 in Una, 78 in Bilaspur, 67 in Shimla, 64 in Hamirpur, 25 in Kinnaur and two in Lahaul-Spiti. PTI DJI RAX RAX