State-wide mock drill on 3rd, 4th of Jan to review Covid preparedness: CM Yogi
Mock drills will be carried out in all the districts of the state. Through the mock drill availability of doctors, paramedical staff, the status of ICUs and isolation beds, oxygen plants, the pediatric intensive care unit, ventilators, and life-saving medicines will be cross-checked.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said, “Experts say that the infection rate is now higher but the virus is weaker. People should wear masks and follow social distancing, sanitization, and vaccination.”
The CM has also asked concerned officers to make preparations for vaccination drive for adolescents between the age group of 15 and 18 years from Monday and also for the precautionary dose for Corona Warriors, health workers, frontline workers, and those above 60 years of age having co-morbidities from January 10.
“Though Covid cases were rising in the state the situation was in control but even a little negligence could prove costly.”
Amit Mohan Prasad, Additional Chief Secretary, Medical Health, said in a statement: “In all 1,93,549 Covid samples were tested and 383 new cases were reported.” Thirty-one patients recovered in the past 24 hours, which has increased the overall tally to 16,87,859.
The 24-hour positivity rate in the state is 0.01 percent and the overall positivity rate is 1.84 percent, while the recovery rate is 98.6 percent, said Prasad.
Abhishek Shukla, Secretary-General, Association of International Doctors, said: “Collectively, in the past three days (December 30 to January 1) 827 new cases have been reported. The rising trend with 118 new Covid cases on December 29, followed by 193 on December 30, and 251 on December 31 continued with 383 new cases on January 1. This demands strict adherence to Covid protocol by all.”
Ghaziabad reported a maximum of 85 new cases, Gautam Buddha Nagar 61 new cases, Lucknow 58 new cases, Meerut 48 new cases, Prayagraj and Varanasi 16 each.
In the past 24 hours, 383 fresh Covid cases were reported in 38 districts of Uttar Pradesh, while the number of active cases was 1,211. Of the total 1,211 active cases, the maximum 244 are in Gautam Buddha Nagar, 206 in Lucknow, 198 in Ghaziabad, 106 in Meerut, 38 each in Mathura, and Prayagraj, 36 in Varanasi, 32 in Moradabad, and 29 in Agra.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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