Covid 19 becoming fatal in mountainous areas of U’khand

Saturday, 15 May 2021 | PNS | Dehradun

In last 14 days 301 deaths reported in nine mountainous districts of the state

After hitting hard in the plain areas of the state the contagion of the Covid -19 is now spreading fast and becoming more fatal in the mountainous districts of Uttarakhand. In the last fourteen days ( May 1 to 13), a total of 301 deaths were reported in the nine mountainous districts of the state. During this period 1621 deaths occurred in the plain districts of Haridwar, Dehradun, Udham Singh Nagar and Nainital. It is pertinent to mention here that 312 deaths had occurred in the mountainous states from March 15 last year to April 30 this year. It shows that an almost equal number of deaths has occurred in the hill districts in the last 14 days when compared to the previous 13 months of pandemic. The share of deaths of mountainous districts in total number of deaths too has increased from 11.9 percent ( from March 15, 2020 to April 30,2021) to 18.6 percent ( May 1 to May 13, 2021). A total of 4245 deaths have occurred from Covid 19 so far in the state out of which 613 deaths have occurred in the mountainous districts.

Pauri districts leads the table of mortality from Covid 19 with 200 deaths followed by Almora (89), Pithoragarh (80), Tehri (52), Rudraprayag (49), Uttarkashi (43), Bageshwar (39), Chamoli (34) and Champawat (27).

The founder of Social Development for Communities (SDC) foundation Anoop Nautiyal said that the government should take immediate steps to improve testing, provide medicines kits and strengthen healthcare facilities in hill regions. “Greater thrust on vaccination needed in mountainous areas. All efforts should be made to minimize mortalities in the state and the mountainous areas,’’ he said.

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