TOP: Yogi Adityanath orders actions against those who are hiding information about coronavirus infection

LUCKNOW: On Monday, Uttar Pradesh's prime minister-in-chief instructed officials to take strict action against people found to be hiding information about the infection and intentionally disseminating it, a senior state government official said.

All district magistrates (DM) and police superintendents (SP) have been asked to thoroughly check each house and all religious sites in rural areas. In the event of any laxity, they will also face action, he said.

The Prime Minister has ordered that those who are hiding information about them are infected with the coronavirus and are intentionally spreading it by concealing the fact, they must be identified and strict action must be taken against them. Clear directions in this regard have been given to the home and police department, the additional chief secretary of Uttar Pradesh (Home) Awanish Awasthi told reporters here.

The DM and SP have been warned that if they have not started verification in rural areas despite orders given in this regard from March 29 to 31, then each house and religious site must be searched.

If someone underground tests positive for coronavirus, then action will be taken against that person and also against the district administration and the police concerned. Laxity in this regard will not be tolerated, he said.

Nearly 85 percent of the coronavirus cases in the state are within the ring fence of critical points. If anyone is excluded, the responsibility falls to the police and district administration, he added.

Awasthi praised the district administration.

With the recovery of two patients, Pilibhit has become the state's first coronavirus-free district, he said.

The senior official said a committee was created under the health minister to restart emergency services in all hospitals and will present his report to the chief minister.

Extensive discussions were held on how to keep private hospitals infection-free, Awasthi said.

Chief Secretary (Medical and Health) Amit Mohan Prasad said: The teleconsultation center for helpline number 18001805145 started from today (Monday). People called this number and consulted the doctors.

Retired doctors who want to register for teleconsultation can do so, he said.

Prasad said group testing for coronavirus patients will begin in the state starting Tuesday.

For example, if 10 samples are mixed and the presence of coronaviruses is analyzed, and they are negative, it indicates that the report of the 10 people is negative and they are free of infection. If there is an infection, individual tests are done. This process speeds up the exam. Group tests will start from tomorrow, he said.

To ensure that healthcare personnel do not become infected while treating patients with Covid-19, doctors and nurses in 40 districts of the state are being trained in the infection prevention protocol.

As of Sunday, Uttar Pradesh had reported 483 coronavirus cases.

Agra, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Lucknow, Saharanpur and Ghaziabad are the most affected districts of Uttar Pradesh.