Shimla, Aug 21 (PTI) Himachal Pradesh recorded its highest single-day spike of 190 fresh COVID-19 cases on Friday, raising the tally to 4,729 while the death toll from the disease climbed to 24 with two more fatalities, officials said.
The state had reported 180 cases of the novel coronavirus on August 13.
A 58-year-woman and a 84-year-old man succumbed to the infection in Chamba district on Friday, a district official said, adding that both were co-morbid patients.
The total number of deaths linked to COVID-19 in Himachal Pradesh include that of a 70-year-old Delhi woman, who had stayed at a factory guest house in Baddi in Solan. She died at the PGIMER in Chandigarh on April 2.
The state health department initially showed her death in its records but it stopped doing so later, stating that according to protocols, her death should be included in Chandigarh, where she had tested positive for the disease.
On the contrary, authorities in Chandigarh said the death of the woman should be included in the records of Himachal Pradesh, from where she was referred.
Of the 190 fresh cases, 80 were reported from Solan, 32 from Chamba, 23 from Sirmaur, 13 from Kangra, ten in Bilaspur, eight each from Una, Hamirpur and Mandi, seven from Shimla and one from Kullu, Special Secretary (Health) Nipun Jindal said.
Meanwhile, 149 patients -- 35 in Solan, 32 in Sirmaur, 21 in Chamba, 18 in Una, 13 in Shimla, nine in Bilaspur, eight in Hamirpur, seven in Kangra, five in Mandi and one in Kullu -- recovered from the infection on Friday, he said.
With this, the number of patients who have recovered from COVID-19 has risen to 3,234 in Himachal Pradesh, Jindal said, adding that 47 patients have migrated out of the state.
The number of active COVID-19 cases in the state stands at 1,422, the official said.
Solan has the highest number of active cases in the state at 439, followed by Kullu (170), Mandi (148), Sirmaur (137), Kangra (114), Chamba (91), Una (88), Bilaspur (79), Hamirpur (68), Shimla (61), Kinnaur (25) and Lahaul-Spiti (2).