As tourists flock to Himachal, authorities have ordered strict enforcement of COVID protocols – The New Indian Express
SHIMLA: Following tourists from different parts of India rushing to the hills of Himachal Pradesh to celebrate the New Year, the state government and the health department instructed local authorities to all districts to strictly enforce COVID-19 protocols. contain the spread of Omicron.
“Trains on the heritage Kalka-Shimla railway line are packed. Shimla rail authorities are trying to implement COVID-19 protocol amid upsurge in Omicron cases, ”Shimla Station Superintendent Joginder Singh said.
“These days we have a good number of tourists; there is 95% occupancy on the trains. As for the Omicron variant, we try to follow protocol. The passengers are happy and enthusiastic and they follow. COVID-19 We expect this tourist season to provide good business for everyone as we have full occupancy until January 10 and after that snowfall will attract more tourists. “added the Superintendent of the Shimla station.
“I am from Hyderabad and am here to celebrate New Years. So far there is no fear, we are aware of the guidelines, trying to maintain social distancing and wearing face masks,” a said Shravani, a tourist from Hyderabad.
According to Himachal Pradesh Minister of Health Dr Rajiv Saizal, the state government said the chief minister has already held meetings with deputy commissioners of all districts and instructions have already been issued. data to implement appropriate COVID-19 behavior.
He said: “So far there has been one case of COVID-19 Omicron in the state and this has also been reported as negative. The government does not want to impose any restrictions on tourism as it is a source of income for hundreds of people in the state. ”
the government had received 2.80 lakh of doses of COVID-19 COVAXIN vaccine to vaccinate its young population aged 15 to 18 from January 3.
“The vaccination of children under 15 to 18 years old will begin on January 3. We have received 2.80 lakh doses of COVAXIN for the same,” Minister of Health Rajiv Saizal told ANI on Wednesday.
He added that the government plans to vaccinate all children between the ages of 15 and 18 by January 15.
“Standard operating procedures (SOPs) should be sent to schools that will be vaccination sites. The vaccination target (date) is January 15,” Saizal added.
On December 25, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 15 to 18 will start from January 3.
Bharat Biotech’s COVID-19 vaccine, Covaxin, has received approval from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) for emergency use for ages 12 to 18, sources said.
The prime minister had said the decision to vaccinate children aged 15 to 18 would likely help normalize education in schools and reduce concern among parents of school-going children.
The decision on the precautionary dose for frontline and healthcare workers was made in light of the time they spend serving COVID-19 patients. “
The precautionary dose decision will boost the confidence of healthcare workers and frontline workers, ”he said.
Referring to Omicron infections in India, the Prime Minister urged people not to panic and to take precautions such as masks and washing their hands repeatedly. He assured that the nasal vaccine and the world’s first DNA vaccine will soon be available for vaccination in the country.