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Himachalis struck outside, migrants in Himachal cry for help

SHIMLA: Hundreds of Himachali residents –students, professionals and workers struckin several parts of the country, especially Gurugram (Haryana), Mohali (Punjab) Chandigarh and Rajasthan are awaiting help while migrants workers from rest of India are planning mass exodus, few walking mileson foot to return homes.

As the state was under curfew, the police and local administrations have refused to take a call on the twin issue quoting legal restrictions in view of Corona lockdown in the country."We will be defeating the real objectives of lockdown if start such a two-way move- ments. It will be possible only if situation warrants such a possibility. I can only say that the government will certainly con-sider it after March 31," Direc- tor General of Police S R Mardi told media persons here. Mardi rather made an appeal to the people to cooperate the law enforcement agen- cies in the hours of crisis. "Well,if the such an exception is made at this stage it will negate the gains of past four days of lock down, and country may have to go in for a longer lockdown conditions," Mardi warned .The Director General of Police said thousands of policemen doing their duties in such tough conditions have also their children and families struck at different place within the country and outside.

"I am happy the citizens have cooperated well so far as everyone has realised the dan- gers of COVID -19 spread. Yet at some places the police were forced to egister FIRs for cur- few violations and even relat- ing to Coronavirus violations," he said. Mardi said the police with the help of local administra- tion and citizens groups have arranged the food and other help for the migrants. They have been told to stay put attheir places. The government has given clear nstructions asking for arrangements for food for all migrant workers. Additional Chief Secre- tary (Health) R D Dhiman informed that all 13 persons, who had ome in contact with late Tenzin, Tibetan national tested positive at Dr Rajen- dra Prasad Medical College, Tanda (Kangra) and two other COVID-19 positive persons have been tested negative. This is a sign of big relief for the government. The second medical report of 32-year old youth testedpositive after his return from Dubai last week is also nega- tive. He will be discharged from the hospital. As of now, there is only one Coronavirus positive case in Himachal Pradesh, aid Dhi- man. Report said two health workers including a doctors have been sent to isolation fol- lowing symptoms of Corona- virus. Both are posted at state's premium health institute– Indira Gandhi Medical Col- lege ( IGMC) Shimla. Dr Lokinder Sharma, med- ical superintendent of Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital said reports of both persons are awaited.

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