Covid Surge: Uttar Pradesh On Alert, May Issue New Guidelines

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The government spokesman said that officials had been asked to remain alert in view of upcoming festivals including Shivratri and Holi. — IANS file photo

An advisory for mandatory testing and quarantine for passengers coming from red zones is likely to be issued.

LUCKNOW — Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has asked officials to remain on alert over rising cases of Covid in states including Maharashtra, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Haryana and Kerala.

Uttar Pradesh will soon issue guidelines for visitors to Uttar Pradesh from these states.

An advisory for mandatory testing and quarantine for passengers coming from red zones is likely to be issued.

Dr. D.S. Negi, director general, health, said, “Though Covid cases have declined in Uttar Pradesh, situation in all districts is being monitored, particularly those bordering other states. The state government is carrying out over 1.25 lakh sample tests daily along with contact tracing and surveillance work in all districts.”

According to official sources, the Chief Minister has directed concerned officials to keep a close watch on the Covid situation and continue testing, tracking and treatment in an aggressive manner.

The government spokesman said that officials had been asked to remain alert in view of upcoming festivals including Shivratri and Holi.

“People are being asked to maintain social distancing, wear masks and wash their hands regularly. There is to be no laxity in following safety protocols,” the official said.

Gujarat to set up border check posts

In light of the rising number of coronavirus cases in neighbouring states, the Gujarat government on Monday decided to set up border check posts for screening people arriving from these states. Screening facilities at railway stations and airports have also been set up.

Checkposts will come up on the road networks connecting neighboring Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra to screen people arriving from them.

Screening will also be carried out at the railway stations at Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot, Surat and Bhavnagar, as well as all airports. Arrangements for proper treatment of infected passengers have also been facilitated at these places.

Anticipating the rising number of cases, the government has also decided to increase the number of ‘Dhanvantari Raths’ and further strengthen its services. In order to ensure testing facility at nearest location, more testing booths are to be activated and surveillance of ILI/SARI cases to be made more effective.

According to the state Health Department, Gujarat saw 315 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday, while 272 patients recovered and one succumbed in Ahmedabad. — IANS

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