UP to cross 1 crore Covid 19 tests landmark, get 6 new L2 hospitals
On Wednesday, Uttar Pradesh is all set to announce achieving the landmark of having conducted one crore sample tests for detecting coronavirus disease since March this year. The state government has also decided to further improve facilities for treatment of Covid-19 patients with the launch of level-2 facility hospitals in six districts.
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath will inaugurate these hospitals in Bareilly, Sant Kabir Nagar, Bhadohi, Amethi, Mirzapur and Shamli. He also directed the health department to set up level-2 facility hospitals in all 75 districts of UP, said Amit Mohan Prasad, additional chief secretary, health and family welfare.
In Bulandshahr, the hospital would be inaugurated after the by polls as the model code of conduct has come into effect, said Dr DS Negi, D-G, health.
Prasad said, on Monday 1.60 lakh samples were tested in the state, taking the tally to 99.37 lakh. At this rate, the state would have tested more than a crore samples by the end of Tuesday. However, the final official figures will only be released on Wednesday after its compilation and verification.
The difference between the number of fresh Covid cases being reported in the state and the number of daily recoveries was increasing. On Tuesday, 4,069 fresh cases were reported across the state, whereas 5,711 patients were discharged after recovery, he said.
The state officials say that the decline in the number of active cases, registered daily, began since September 18, despite the state continuously increasing the number of people getting tested every day.
The number of containment zones in UP had also declined from 20,000 in mid-September to 18,000 on Tuesday, added Prasad.
At present, there were 52,160 active Covid cases in the state. A total of 3.36 lakh coronavirus infected patients have been declared recovered since the start of the Covid pandemic. The recovery rate of patients on Monday was 85.34%, he said.
Prasad said while 25,399 people were in home isolation, 3,647 were admitted to private hospitals and 108 were in hotel isolation. The state government will launch a vector-borne disease control programme on October 1 and Dastak programme on October 15.
The Shiv Sena on Wednesday criticised Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin for welcoming Rajiv Gandhi's assassination convict AG Perarivalan, saying such acts set a wrong precedent and do not sit well in the political culture of the country. An editorial in Sena mouthpiece, Saamana, said that Rajiv Gandhi's assassination in May 1991 was shocking but a chief minister embracing Perarivalan is even more shocking.
The Mumbai Traffic Police will start penalising two-wheeler riders if the pillion rider is without a helmet from June 9, a senior police officer said on Wednesday. A similar penalty will be imposed for pillion riders without helmets. Raj Tilak Roushan, deputy commissioner of police (Traffic HQ) said they penalise an average of 1,200 two-wheeler riders for helmetless riding every day. Roushan said that the police are also writing to schools and colleges to create awareness on road safety and the helmet rule.
Mumbai In a move to promote safety, pillion riders on two-wheelers will be penalised for not wearing helmets from June 9 onwards. The Mumbai traffic police issued a warning on Wednesday and said that they will start penalising pillion riders after 15 days. Usually, a helmetless rider has to pay a fine of ₹500. Raj Tilak Roushan, deputy commissioner of police (Traffic HQ) said that on an average, they are penalising about 1,200 two-wheelers daily.
The Pune Municipal Corporation which had earlier announced water cut on Thursday (May 26) has now cancelled it as the President of India will be visiting the city for a programme. The city will get a normal water supply, said officials. President Ramnath Kovind is visiting the city for the launch of the 125th-anniversary celebration of the Laxmibai Dagdusheth Halwai Datta temple which is located at Budhwar peth.
Pune The Bund Garden police have booked Marathi actor Surekha Jog and three others including a former education officer on charges of forging signatures and preparing bogus documents in the name of Zilla Parishad education department for obtaining funds from the government department, police said on Wednesday. The incident took place between January 1, 2019 and May 24, 2022. Police inspector Sunil Khedekar is investigating the case.