Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday declared that Uttar Pradesh is now in the Covid ‘safe zone’ during his state-wide tour of Covid-hit districts. He claimed that his government was able to successfully blunt the second wave of Covid-19 and is now preparing for the third wave.
During his visit to Deoria, Adityanath said that in Deoria, the government will work on encephalitis control along with Covid care. Earlier, Gorakhpur-Basti divisions bore the brunt of the plague but the situations are in control now with a reduction of 95% in encephalitis death rate. For the control of disease, various health wellness, and encephalitis treatment centers have been set up.
UP, the state with the largest population faced many challenges, but with teamwork and effective implementation of the “trace, test and treat mantra spelt out by PM Narendra Modi”, the Yogi government was able to produce “comprehensive and positive results” within a short period.
The CM also visited Katrari village and interacted with the Gram Pradhan, discussing the methods of quarantining a person displaying Covid symptoms. He later reviewed the vaccination drive at the primary health care in Majhgawan and inspected the oxygen plant and Covid hospital in Deoria.
After holding a review meeting with district officials, Adityanath said that despite some misplaced apprehensions by some experts about the escalated infection rate during the second Covid-19 wave in Uttar Pradesh, the state has moved into a safe zone.
It was speculated that in the second wave, UP will record daily up to one lakh infection cases in May, and by the mid of May, the cases will reach up to 30 lakhs. But the number of active cases has reduced to 62000 today.
On Wednesday, the state reported 3,371 fresh active Covid-19 cases and 196 deaths, taking the overall death toll in the state to 19,712.
The chief minister also mentioned that the decision by his government to not impose a partial corona curfew rather than a strict lockdown in the state helped save the livelihood of people. He added that due to the decision made, there was no problem in the agriculture sector, vegetable and fruit mandis, and other essential services.
Mr. Adityanath stated that more than 300 oxygen plants are being set up in the state with four oxygen plants planned for Deoria.