Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath has arrived in Gautam Buddh Nagar to review Covid health facilities and vaccination drives being undertaken by administration officials.
Addressing the media on Sunday afternoon, Adityanath said that the government was strengthening Covid measures and making preparations to tackle the third wave of the pandemic whenever it hits. The CM’s visit is a part of a state-wide review of the Covid situation in various districts.
Adityanath said that 8,000 rapid response teams are working across the state to trace infections and prevent the virus from spreading. He also visited the Indira Gandhi Kala Kendra where a vaccination drive for media persons is taking place.
The focus of the CM’s visit will be on Covid management in rural areas including Jewar and Bisrakh among other villages. Adityanath will also interact with health officials and members of the administration to review testing facilities in these areas.
Since May 3, the government officials have been directed to form teams consisting of Anganwadi and Asha workers, Lekhpals and civil defence volunteers, and deploy them specifically in rural areas, the CM said during his interaction with the media. The state government has also floated a tender for vaccines in which six companies have participated, he added.
The CM also said that around 10,000 cases were reported in the state on Saturday and that the positivity rate has come down to 5.6 per cent. Gautam Buddh Nagar on Saturday reported 480 cases, taking the tally of active cases to 6,850.
Covid-19 restrictions to be relaxed in Bihar from June 23: Read revised guidelines
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has announced that the relaxations will come into effect from June 23 and remain in place till July 6. However, the night curfew will remain.
“From June 23 to July 6, government and non-government offices will function at 100% capacity, shops to open till 7 pm, night curfew will remain in force from 9 pm to 5 am. Parks and gardens to be open from 6 am to 12 noon,” Bihar CM Nitish Kumar tweeted.
According to official figures Bihar has had 7.2 lakh COVID cases and and 9,550 deaths.
Earlier this month, Bihar was in news as its Covid related deaths took a drastic leap after the state health department revised the figures to over 9,000 on June 9. A controversial leap of over 3,951 fatalities in a day, which was a 72 per cent jump in the death toll, raised many questions on the COVID-19 management of the state. Bihar is one of the worst affected states by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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