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Three positive cases in Himachal; one death, 912 under surveillance

Shimla, Mar 24 (UNI) No new positive case was reported in the state on Tuesday in Himachal where a total of 912 people are under surveillance.
Himachal Pradesh Additional Chief Secretary Health Mr R D Dhiman said in view of COVID-19, samples of 16 persons have taken for tests, of which five reported negative while 11 reports are awaited.
As per the advisory of ICMR, hydroxy- chloroquine could be useful for persons who have come in close proximity of the COVID-19 positive person.
However, it could have a side effect so he urged consulting doctors to avoid complications.
Essential commodities such as masks, gloves, medicines, sanitizers, etc were also being purchased at State level and sent to districts for use of health service providers.
Additional Chief Secretary urged the people of the state to follow the curfew orders of the state government.
He also urged those persons who have come from other countries and their families to provide their information on 104 helpline number and to district administration failing which they would face strict actions.
Another advisory has been issued to all private health institutions and AYUSH practitioners of the state to provide information of persons affected from COVID-19 to the District Surveillance Officer or Chief Medical Officer, he said.
Directions have been given to provide appropriate safety equipment to all healthcare providers in their organization as well.
He informed that in view of the situation of COVID-19, the date for preparing Himcare cards has also been extended from 31st March, 2020 to 15th May, 2020 for convenience of the people.
He urged people to make Himcare cards themselves through online registration, to avoid crowds in Lokmitra Kendras so social distance guidelines can be strictly followed.
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