Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur stressed upon the need to ensure better facilities in institutional quarantine centres so that the people have comfortable stay in these centres. He was addressing the Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of Police and Chief Medical Officers of the State through video conferencing from Shimla today.Chief Minister said that the sharp increase in number of COVID-19 positive cases in the State was due to people of Himachal Pradesh coming from other parts of the country. He said that most of the COVID-19 positive found in the State have travel history from Maharashtra and Delhi. He said that it was the responsibility of the State to ensure safety and well being of the Himachalis stranded in different parts of the country.Jai Ram Thakur said that standard operation procedure should be adopted for saloons and the same must be adhered to strictly. He said that all the people arriving from red zones have to be kept under institutional quarantine and must be shifted to home quarantine only after their tests for COVID-19 was found negative.
He said that same procedure needs to be adopted for Himachalis coming from other countries.Chief Minister said that complete data should also be compiled of Himachalis coming from other parts of the country. He said that main focus should be laid on tracing and screening of all the contacts of COVID-19 positive patients to ensure their timely treatment and check spread of this virus. He said that all these persons should be asked to download ‘Corona Mukt App’ to effectively monitor the movement of quarantine persons.Jai Ram Thakur said that home quarantine mechanism must also be made robust and effective so that persons in home quarantine remain isolated and help in breaking the cycle of the virus. He said that the staff engaged in institutional quarantine should also be provided all necessary protective equipments so that they could work without any fear.Chief Secretary Anil Khachi, Director General of Police S.R. Mardi, Additional Chief Secretary Health R.D. Dhiman, Principal Secretaries J.C. Sharma, Onkar Sharma, Sanjay Kundu and other senior officers were also present on the occasion.