Entire village except 1 test Covid positive in Himachal’s Lahaul

New Delhi (NVI): Thorang village in Lahaul valley of Himachal Pradesh has witnessed a sudden surge in Covid-19 cases recently. Except one, all 41 residents from the village have tested positive for the virus.

52-year-old Bhushan Thakur was the only person found negative during the testing, according to media reports.

The outspread is being linked to a religious programme which was held few days back. The social gathering is being blamed for the community transmission.

Notably, the district has been one of the worst affected in terms of population ratio in the state.

Thorang village along the Manali-Leh highway has just 42 residents as others have migrated to Kullu for winter. When the villagers voluntarily decided to get tested, 41 out of the 42 residents were found with the virus.

Furthermore, the administration has restricted tourism movement to Teling nullah near the north portal of the Rohtang Tunnel to avoid the spread. Moreover, tourists weren’t allowed to enter Lahaul villages on Thursday as the villages beyond Rohtang Tunnel has been turned into containment zones.

The rising cases in Lahaul Spiti villages have become a matter of concern for officials as 856 people have been found positive so far in the district.

-CHK