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COVID-19 toll in HP increases to two

Shimla, Apr 3 (UNI) A 70-year-old woman suffering from Novel Coronavirus, who was staying in an industrial area in Barotiwala near Baddi in Solan district, passed away while under hospitalisation at PGIMER, Chandigarh, state government officials said here on Friday.
This is the second COVID-19-related death in the state. The woman had travelled from Delhi to Himachal Pradesh on March 15, along with her husband and three other families, Solan DC KC Chaman said.
"Her husband is the director of a helmet manufacturing unit located in Jharmajri, Barotiwala in Nalagarh sub-division of the district. The couple and the three families arrived in the factory on March 15 and stayed at the guesthouse, located within the premises.
''According to sources, none of them ventured out of the factory's premises during all these days. They also said that they have no history of foreign travel," said Mr Chaman.
He said that on March 31, the victim's husband took her to a private hospital in Barotiwala, due to a 5-7 day-old fever. They were both given medicines and advised quarantine by the doctors. On Thursday, the woman went to another private hospital in Baddi, which referred her to PGI, following an X-Ray examination, the DC said.
The woman died on Thursday night, while admitted in PGI.
"We have quarantined and isolated all those, who came in contact with the couple and the other families, including the staff of the two private hospitals," he added.
Additional Chief Secretary (health) RD Dhiman said that a total of 22 people have been isolated and seven others quarantined.
Under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, the DC ordered that the "entire Jharmajri industrial area and Jharmajri Chowk to Hill View Society as well as towards Hilltop, would be completely sealed and no ingress/egress of any person or vehicle, except officials/vehicles on government duty, shall be allowed to this area...There shall be no relaxation in curfew imposed qua any shops or banks within the entire area till further order".
On March 23, a 69-year-old resident of Mcleodganj in Dharamshala had passed away due to COVID-19, after recently having travelled to the United States.
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