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Tablighi Jamaat brings virus to Himachal, 3 test positive

SHIMLA: Viewed as a safe heaven till now, HimachalPradesh was shaken on Thursday following testing of three new positive cases.

As feared, all persons are linked to Tablighi Jamaat congregation at Nizamuddin at New Delhi. State's Additional Chief Secretary (Health) R D Dhiman said these had stayed at Una in a masque after their return from Delhi. They were rushed to Dr Rajendra Prasad Medical College after confirmation of their positive tests.

The police and health agencies have swung into action to trace all the persons who had come in contact with these three and also others, who had reached their homes.

Their travel history and contact tracing will help in identifying and testing of the rest of the people.

"Today's development is definitely not a good news for us" said Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, who earlier in the day attended video conference of Chief Ministers with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Of total 27 samples tested on Thursday, three was confirmed positive one sample was subjected to re-testing while rest were negative.

Earlier three positive cases were detected in Himachal Pradesh, of which one—aTibetan died while a youth got fully cured and one woman was still under treatment at Tanda.

All had returned from different countries affected by COVID-19.

Meanwhile Himachal Pradesh have traced 190 persons who had visited Delhi and attended religious function of Jammat.

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