Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that a robust testing and surveillance system would help in controlling the spread of coronavirus in a better way and directed the chief secretary to take regular feedback on the micro-containment zones, testing and surveillance and take action accordingly.
He reiterated that protection was the only remedy until a vaccine came. “Prepare a special strategy for Covid control in Lucknow, Kanpur Nagar and Meerut,” he said.
Presiding over a high-level unlock meeting at his official residence here, the chief minister said that the state had been able to control the spread of coronavirus to a great extent. He said it was a good sign that the number of active cases had come down during the last one week. “It clearly shows that the strategy to contain the coronavirus has been effective,” he said, while laying emphasis on focused testing and increasing the number of Covid beds.
The chief minister asked officials to take all precautions during the coming festival season. He said mass awareness about COVID-19 should be spread through public address system, the surveillance committees should remain active and Covid help desks should be functional in all hospitals, industrial units and government and non-government offices.
“The Integrated Command and Control Centres (ICCC) should also be in active mode in all the districts,” he added.
The chief minister was apprised by the additional chief secretary (medical education) that arrangements had been made for 60,000 tests per day by the RT-PCR method.
He said that industrial development and industrial activities were being conducted as per unlock protocol.
The chief minister directed officials to maintain communication with the potential investors and entrepreneurs and redress their problems promptly.
“Convene a meeting of the state-level bankers’ committee and prepare an action plan to encourage more and more people for self-employment,” he said.
The chief minister said that all arrangements should be made in time for paddy purchase activities commencing on October 1, 2020. He also asked officials to ensure that the farmers got the assured price of their produce as per MSP.
Directing officials to make arrangements in the cow shelters, Yogi asked them to arrange green fodder. He also asked the officials to immunise the cattle.