Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has directed that strict action be taken against those violating home quarantine. He said this while chairing a video conference with officials to review of the status of Covid-19 in the State on Wednesday.
Rawat said that complaints made by Pradhans, Asha workers and Anganwadi workers should be taken seriously. He stressed on the need for consistently making the public aware of the use of mask, sanitisation, physical distancing and other precautionary measures. Communication should be maintained with social workers, public representatives, media and prominent citizens. Stating that those who want to return to Uttarakhand have to be brought back, he said that those returning home have to be psychologically strengthened and kept busy.
The CM said that in recent days, the number of positive cases has increased compared to the past. However, the preparations of the State Government are better. The patient care record of the state has also been better. The responsibilities have been handled in a better way so far and now there is a new challenge. This challenge has to be overcome with practicality and efficiency. Stating that the fight against Covid-19 will be long, Rawat said that one also has to be psychologically prepared for this. He also stressed on the need to focus on livelihoods, farmers and ensuring that citizens benefit from the schemes announced by the State and Central governments.
Chief secretary Utpal Kumar Singh stressed on the need for constant monitoring of those returning to the state from outside. District magistrates should use health workers for this in rural areas. He said that those returning from Red zones are to be kept under institutional quarantine.He said that like the support of Gram Pradhans is being taken in rural areas, local bodies will also be authorised similarly for urban areas. Councillors can have an important role in this.
The director general of police, Anil Kumar Raturi said that action has to be taken against those violating quarantine, not wearing mask in public places and those not observing social distancing.
Health secretary Nitesh Jha informed that positive cases have increased with the return of people from outside the state.Of the total 120 positive cases so far, 53 have recovered and 66 are active cases. Of all the active cases, there is no serious case. The state has adequate number of ICU beds, ventilators, PPE kits, N95 masks and hospital/facility centres.
Secretary Shailesh Bagauli informed that of the more than 2.33 lakh people who had registered for returning to Uttarakhand, 1.29 lakh people had returned to the state. Ten trains have so far arrived with returning migrants while two trains are en route.