Himachal postpones Swarnim Rath Yatra

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Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.

Owing to the spike in coronavirus cases, the Himachal Pradesh government on Tuesday decided to postpone the Swarnim Himachal Rath Yatra to celebrate the golden jubilee of statehood that was scheduled to start on April 15.

The decision was taken during a high-level review meeting here presided over by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.

The Chief Minister said the decision to organise the Swarnim Rath Yatra would be taken after the situation normalises.

Likewise, a decision was taken to restrict the gathering at a marriage ceremony at 50 in indoor and 200 in outdoor settings. Only 50 people would be allowed to attend the funeral.

Thakur directed the Health Department to take effective steps for enhancing the bed capacity in the government hospitals. He also asked to contact private hospitals for making alternative arrangements of beds for coronavirus patients.

The Chief Minister said the districts have been directed to take up vaccination and testing for Covid-19 in a campaign mode besides contacting the positive cases in home isolation so that if required, they could be advised for medical treatment in the hospitals.

At present, the state has 3,828 active cases.

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