NEW DELHI: Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath asserted right here on Sunday that the nation’s largest state was in a position to arrest the second surge of Covid-19 and was ready to face the problem of the much-feared “third wave”.
“We defeated the first wave, have got a grip on the second and are well prepared to face a third one as and when it comes,” the CM advised reporters.
His assertion comes amid the concern — troublingly highlighted by the our bodies of Covid-19 victims dumped within the Ganga — of the present spate hitting villages arduous. PM Narendra Modi final week had cautioned states about infections spreading by rural elements which lack public well being infrastructure.
The CM, who has been visiting districts and villages, struck a assured observe, citing figures to justify his optimism. “On April 24, UP recorded 39,055 cases and many predicted that the daily load would cross 1 lakh by May second week. However, today the number of cases stands at 12,547. Positivity rate has dipped from 16.3% to 4.8%,” he stated.
While sounding assured that villages might dodge the worst, he appeared to put nice retailer in a marketing campaign involving panchayat members and native our bodies to search for these with signs.
Asked about our bodies floating within the Ganga, the CM stated: “Lack of resources could also be a reason why some were not properly cremated. However, we have taken steps to tackle the problem. Apart from a provision of Rs 5,000 for families who are unable to bear the cost of cremation, we have launched a campaign,” he stated.
Yogi claimed that his authorities’s response to the second wave was higher than the primary one. “On March 2, 2020, when the state logged its first corona case, we had to send his sample to Pune for testing while the patient had to be referred to a Delhi hospital. We had no testing facility or isolation ward. Today, we have taken the number of oxygen-equipped beds from 17,325 to 80,000,” he stated.
The CM stated whereas the second sero survey is to be undertaken shortly, vaccination of the 18-44 group, which was restricted to 9 districts, was now being expanded to 23 districts.
Emphasising that UP was the primary state to launch world tenders for vaccines, he stated negotiations with producers like Pfizer and Moderna have been underway.