Amid the fear of the approaching third wave of COVID-19 and cases of Delta Plus variant being found in 11 states of India, the Uttar Pradesh government has issued a directive for genome sequencing of as many samples as possible.
“Patients infected with the new variant 'Delta +' of coronavirus have been found in 11 states of the country. Experts suspect that this variant is more dangerous than the one before. Genome testing is being done in collaboration with Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, King George’s Medical University and CDRI in Lucknow and IGIB, Delhi. The study report will be helpful in the management and prevention of Delta+ variant. For the time being, all necessary steps should be taken as per the advice of experts without delay,” said Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath while chairing a meeting with top officials in Lucknow on Monday.
Urging people to stay cautious and not let the guard down, Yogi asked them to adhere to Covid protocol, take all necessary precautions and ensure 100 per cent usage of double masks, sanitisers, and social distancing. He said that soon 11 new RT-PCR test laboratories would become functional in Uttar Pradesh.
"All necessary preparations should be completed expeditiously regarding starting their operation. Along with this, there will be RT-PCR test laboratories in 45 districts of the state. Action should be taken to establish such laboratories in the remaining 30 districts also within the next three-four months,” he said.
In view of the possibility of a third wave, all necessary efforts should be completed at the earliest, he said.
“Speed up the process of establishment of pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) beds. Till now, the number of PICU beds in medical colleges alone exceeds 5,900. The process of establishing PICU is also going on in the hospitals of the Health department. Top priority should be attached to this work in all the districts," the chief minister said.
“The government has also ensured that there is availability of all necessary equipment including BiPAP machine, PICU, mobile X-ray machine. There should be direct communication with their manufacturing companies to ensure prompt supply,” he added.
Meanwhile on Sunday, Uttar Pradesh reported 190 fresh novel coronavirus infection cases at a positivity rate of 0.07 per cent, the lowest this year so far while the recovery rate jumped to 98.5 per cent. The state is now left with 3,046 active cases, of which, nearly 1,800 are in home isolation while the percentage of active cases as against the total confirmed cases is 0.01 points.
Leading in terms of conducting maximum Covid tests, Uttar Pradesh has tested as many as 5.73 crore samples for coronavirus infection.