Uttar Pradesh: With active cases nearing 10,000 Epidemic Act Extended until June 30th

Story Highlights
  • 45 hospitals from 30 districts to be dedicated COVID facilities
  • State crosses 1000 mark
  • Penalty for not wearing masks

Uttar-Pradesh: With COVID-19 cases continuously on the rise in Uttar Pradesh, the Yogi Adityanath government has extended the pandemic and enforced provisions of the Epidemic Act across the state till June 30. 

Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) health, Amit Mohan Prasad said the decision was taken after reviewing the alarming situation in the state. He admitted that cases were going up daily and the coronavirus has hit the state again in pandemic form. He declared the Epidemic Act, which was enforced earlier till March 31, has been extended till June-end or till the situation arising out of the second wave is brought under control. 

In the last 24 hours, 1230 new cases are reported in the state.  Lucknow is emerging as a Covid hotspot and the state capital recorded 361 cases. 11 people have succumbed to death while 534 recovered across the state. The capital is bewildered by the rising graph of COVID. Micro containment zones have been created in seven major localities in Lucknow to check the second surge of coronavirus. 

 Dedicated COVID Hospitals to reopen with full capacity

It is reported that the state government has ordered to reopen all Covid Management Hospitals across the state with full capacity. It has notified 45 hospitals from 30 districts as dedicated Covid facilities. Last month, the government had denotified nearly 240 hospitals after a dip in the number of Covid cases. According to health care officials, the state now has nearly 25,000 reserved Covid beds.  

Doctors and other healthcare or frontline workers engaged in COVID duties will be barred from leaves. “In the public interest, the state government may cancel holidays of doctors, health workers, and other government and private employees engaged in the duties to deal with the situation,” said Prasad. 

Fine for not wearing the mask 

The KGMU has decided to slap a fine of Rs 200 on anyone roaming in the hospital campus without wearing a face mask. 

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