Fearing second wave of Corona, Lucknow Admin buckles up

Members of a voluntary organization wear protective gear before distributing food to people in Mumbai, India, Sunday, March 29, 2020. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi apologized to the public on Sunday for imposing a three-week national lockdown, calling it harsh but “needed to win” the battle against the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

Lucknow: Like its national and international counterparts, even the city of Lucknow is not lowering its guard against what is being suggested to be the second wave of Coronavirus infections. With the aim of stopping the second wave of COVID – 19,a special meeting was held earlier in the day in the presence of Additional Chief Secretary Panchayati Raj and Rural Development Manoj Kumar, Principal Secretary Health Alok Kumar, District Magistrate Lucknow Abhishek Prakash and Police Commissioner DK Thakur in the Smart City Auditorium. Top minds in the city discussed and deliberated over topics like contact tracing, testing, surveillance, compliance of COVID 19 protocol at a broader level.

Reviewing the situation contact tracing was a major point of discourse. The District Magistrate was told that all the RRTs and surveillance teams have been activated. All the CHCs have been instructed to carry out contact tracing and testing on a war footing is going on. And to focus more on the areas where more cases are coming up nodal officers of all the CHCs have been instructed to have a review meeting before all the RRT teams leave.

There are already very clear instructions that one be very alert in view of the new year and other festivals. This has been sounded given that increasingly the trend is to go without a mask or not ensuring social distancing. He said that the next 15 days are very important for COVID 19 from the point of view of infection. For which, all the officials present in the meeting were instructed to increase the enforcement. The District Magistrate was told that for the Enforcement, joint teams of Municipal Corporation, District Administration and Police Administration have been formed, which will ensure that there is full compliance.

At the meeting, the Principal Secretary Health directed that shops should be clearly told that in shops, markets, malls, restaurants and food points working minus a mask or public without masks would attract punishment. There is also now a call for videography of shops.

Meanwhile the District Magistrate was told that along with checking of market, shop etc., random checking of offices should also be ensured. In any office where the employee is found working without a mask or does not comply with the COVID protocol, such offices should be taken immediately under the Epidemic Act.

In view of the second wave of the COVID 19, the District Magistrate has pushed for complete barricading of containment zones.

It has also been ordered that all private COVID testing Labs be checked, whether COVID protocols are being followed by all labs. If any irregularity is found, strict action will be taken against that lab under the Epidemic Act.

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