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Link medical facilities with virtual ICUs: Yogi

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UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has asked officials to start the process to link medical institutes with virtual ICUs by using technology in such a way that the serious patients may get treatment from experienced doctors.

He also asked the officials to keep ventilators/high flow nasal cannula (HFNC) functional in all districts.

At a meeting of Team 11, the Chief Minister has directed officials to adopt an effective strategy to control spread of Coronavirus in districts where 100 or more positive cases are being found every day for the last one week.

He asked the Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretaries of Home (health and medical education) along with medical experts to hold a detailed discussion to finalise the action plan in this regard.

The Chief Minister reiterated that nodal officers be nominated in these districts with deployment of special secretary-rank officers with each of nodal officer.

Yogi also asked officials to maximise contact tracing for effective control on Corona infection. He asked them to target high risk groups and put them to tests.

He stressed on taking up enforcement exercise to check observance of social distancing and use of masks by people.

“Create micro-containment zones as and where required. Public address systems should be functional all the time to spread awareness about protection from Corona virus and the prevailing traffic rules,” he said.

He said one-third of the total Covid tests per day should be conducted through RT-PCR and the rest by rapid antigen method.

He further directed officials to increase the number of beds in Covid Level-2 and Level-3 hospitals.

The Chief Minister said that the people should be sensitized about protection from Covid-19 in view of coming festivals. He said the festivals had to be celebrated at home and no public functions should be organised and all the norms of social distancing and use of masks should be followed strictly.

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The Covid effect: India sees highest cancellation of wedding receptions

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With 23 per cent of couples going ahead only with the wedding ceremonies amid COVID-19, marriage reception cancellations in India are higher compared to other countries, according to a survey of to-be-weds in 15 countries.

However, wedding ceremony cancellations in India will remain low with 76 per cent of couples going ahead with the chosen dates, the report by wedding technology company The Knot Worldwide revealed on Monday.

But most couples will reduce the size of their guest lists (68 per cent) and hire fewer vendors (60 per cent) to ensure that COVID-19 norms are followed.

Abiding by local rules and regulations, a vast majority of to-be-weds (80 per cent) will encourage social distancing — between people and tables, said the survey.

About 90 per cent of the couples in India will be inviting only immediate family and close friends.

A quarter would want their guests to take a COVID-19 test ahead of the event as a precautionary measure, the results showed.

“We are glad to see that couples in India are staying positive and are keen to celebrate their special day, despite the pandemic, by making necessary arrangements and precautions,” Ankur Sarawagi, India Country Head, The Knot Worldwide, said in a statement.

At the ceremony, 75 per cent of Indian couples will conduct temperature checks for attendees, said the survey.

Guests will be provided with hand sanitisers, face masks, and members of the staff and vendors such as photographers and makeup artists will be required to wear masks or PPE kits.

The traditional concept of an Indian wedding, one that spans through days, has also changed with 27 per cent of the couples opting for several small events on one day with limited people rather than several large one-day events.

Only 40 per cent of couples in India anticipate that their budget will be 25 per cent or more lesser than what they had originally planned, according to the “Global COVID-19 Weddings Report.”

The findings are based on data among 9,767 couples who originally had weddings planned between October 2020 and February 2021.

The survey was fielded in September 2020 to users who have provided their email address to the company.

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