In a bid to flatten the COVID-19 transmission curve, the Uttar Pradesh government has decided to extend lockdown in the state till May 24. Earlier in the day, CM Yogi held a meeting with top officials to review COVID-19 situation in the state. Following this, several Hindi portals have reported that the Chief Minister may announce an extension of the ongoing ‘corona curfew’ by another week. However, an official announcement regarding the same is awaited.
The UP government had last week extended the lockdown till May 17. During this period, all essential services were allowed.
Earlier on Friday, Uttar Pradesh had recorded 15,747 fresh COVID-19 cases that took the infection count to 15,96,628, while 312 more fatalities pushed the death toll to 16,958. In the past 13 days, the number of active cases in the state has come down by over 1.17 lakh. On April 30, there were about 3.10 lakh active cases and the number currently stands at 1,93,815, said Additional Chief Secretary, Health, Amit Mohan Prasad.
As many as 1,57,257 patients are in home isolation. In the last 24 hours, 26,174 COVID-19 patients have recovered from the disease. So far, 13,85,855 patients have recovered in Uttar Pradesh and the recovery rate stands at 86.8 per cent.
“Uttar Pradesh is prepared for the next wave of Covid-19”: CM Yogi Adityanath
Asserting that his government is prepared for the next wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said the monitoring committees have become active amid reports that the third wave will affect the children more.
Adityanath said the monitoring committees have begun dividing the children into four age groups, adding the vaccination of adults has also been intensified. The Chief Minister claimed that Covid-19 was curtailed in the state earlier in September last year.
“Deepotsav was organized in Ayodhya in October last year. We kept on asking the people to maintain a distance of two meters and wear masks. In Uttar Pradesh, only 85 cases were reported one day. But we kept on increasing the testing,” he said during an interaction with Indian Express.
Adityanath had earlier this month flagged off a distribution drive of medicine kits to children below the age of 18 years.
Asserting that a good prevention system is a crucial weapon, the Chief Minister then said that the children below 18 years of age have been divided into four categories — 0-1 years, 1-5 years, 5-12 years, and 12-18 years — adding different medicines have been prepared for each category.
The monitoring committees have been asked to visit villages and carry out door-to-door surveys to identify children and others with Covid symptoms.
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