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CM Yogi govt orders mock drills in Uttar Pradesh amid COVID cases surge

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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CM Yogi govt orders mock drills in Uttar Pradesh amid COVID cases surge

New Delhi: Amid a surge in new COVID-19 cases in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ordered a state-wide mock drill from Monday and Tuesday to review preparedness to deal with the resurgence.

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In the past 24 hours, 383 fresh Covid cases were reported in 38 districts of the state, while the number of active cases was 1,211. “Experts say that the infection rate is now higher but the virus is weaker. People should wear masks and follow social distancing, sanitisation and vaccination,” the Chief Minister said.

“Experts say that the infection rate is now higher but the virus is weaker. People should wear masks and follow social distancing, sanitisation and vaccination,” the Chief Minister said.

The CM has directed concerned officers to start making preparations for vaccination drive for adolescents between the age group of 15 and 18 years from Monday, and precautionary dose for health workers, frontline workers and those above 60 years of age having co-morbidities from January 10.

“Though COVID-19 cases were rising in the state the situation was in control even a little negligence could prove costly,” he added.

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Issuing a statement on Amit Mohan Prasad, Additional Chief Secretary, Medical Health, said that 383 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours.

Thirty-one patients recovered in the past 24 hours, which has increased the overall tally to 16,87,859, he added.

The 24-hour positivity rate in the state is 0.01 per cent and the overall positivity rate is 1.84 per cent, while the recovery rate is 98.6 per cent.

Abhishek Shukla, Secretary-General, Association of International Doctors, told IANS that in the past three days 827 new cases have been reported.

“The rising trend with 118 new coronavirus 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-19 protocol by all,” he said.

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While Ghaziabad reported a maximum of 85 new cases, Gautam Buddha Nagar reported 61, Lucknow 58, Meerut 48 and Prayagraj and Varanasi 16 each.

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