Yogi says the idea is to enable early detection and early treatment
LUCKNOW, July 16 (The CONNECT) - Scaling up preventive measures amid the apprehension of the third COVID-19 wave and rising cases of Delta Plus variant in other states, the Uttar Pradesh Government on kickstarted a focused 10-day testing drive.
The state government will initiate intensive screening of people returning from places like Maharashtra, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
“UP has been maintaining control over the Covid situation fairly well and in view of rising cases in other states, we must intensify our contact tracing operation,” asserted Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath while issuing directives to the Senior officials in a high-level Covid review meeting on Friday.
The objective is to enable early detection if any followed by early treatment, Yogi said.
The intense drive will be conducted for 5 days in rural areas and 5 days in urban areas.
With the second wave of Covid-19 receding and the ongoing monsoon season, the Yogi Adityanath government has also geared up to combat vector-borne diseases, such as encephalitis and malaria.
The Chief Minister has already asked officials to make special efforts to improve surveillance and keep the spread of these diseases in check to restore normalcy in the state in order to save both ‘Lives and Livelihood’ of the people.
The state government has deployed more than 70,000 surveillance committees. House-to-house visits undertaken in a mammoth drive in over 97,000 villages of UP to identify and isolate COVID +ve citizens, trace contacts and distribution of free medicine kits, pulse oximeter and thermometers, has been serving as a model for other states to replicate and was also earlier lauded by the World Health Organization and several other experts internationally as well as by the NITI Aayog.
With six districts - Aligarh, Kasganj, Shravasti, Hathras, Mahoba and Lalitpur - adding to Uttar Pradesh’s success in crushing the resurgent coronavirus, the state’s recovery rate has climbed up to a remarkable 98.6 percent.
In another significant accomplishment, as many as 38 districts reported no case of covid-19 infection in the last 24 hours, whereas 36 districts reported new cases in just single-digits. Only Lucknow reported fresh cases of coronavirus in double-digits.
Out of the 2,60,581 samples tested in the last 24 hours, merely 88 samples tested positive for the Covid-19 infection and as a result the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) has slumped to 0.03 percent in Uttar Pradesh, lower than the lowest post first wave of the pandemic.
During the same period, another 140 patients also recovered from the infection. The active cases have drastically reduced from a high of 3,10,783 in April to 1339 now, out of which nearly 1118 people are in home isolation.