Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath speaks during video conference in Lucknow on Saturday.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath speaks during video conference in Lucknow on Saturday.


The Yogi Adityanath government, which has been making tall claims for the past two months of having readied “1-lakh beds” for the patients, is now struggling to keep patients in the Covid centres though the total cases have not touched 50,000.

UP registred 2,210 cases, single-day highest, over the weekend, taking the total tally to 48,000 Sunday.

Of the news cases, over 400 cases are from Lucknow only taking the district’s total cases to 4,000. Of these, only 2,500 are active cases.

Yet, several patients in Lucknow await bed for up to 4 days after testing positive. Many have to wait in ambulances for hours unless they get a bed even as the district administration has mandated hospitalisation of each corona patient within four hours.

After much hue and cry, the Yogi government issued an order, allowing “very mild” and asymptomatic patients to stay in the Covid-designated hotels for Rs2,000 a day (Rs1,500 for single occupancy) plus food charges.

“The government will provide them medical treatment but they will have to shell out Rs2,000 for the same,” reads the order issued on Saturday night.

There have been demands from several quarters to impose strict lockdown again as most people are violating the social distancing and mask rules. However, the government has so far kept it only for weekends.

Considering the situation, Yogi called an urgent meeting of all top district and police officials on Sunday evening. Alarmed with the rising Covid cases, the Yogi government pressed the panic button and decided to take several strict measures to manage the situation.

Yogi ordered the officials to set-up a centralised command and control system to bring all Covid facilities under one platform. The Director General of Health post, which is lying vacant, has to be filled immediately.

Hospitals have been asked to expand further to squeeze 200 more beds. Heads of all big hospitals have been roped in to prepare “Standard Operative Protocol”.

All govt offices have been asked to set-up Covid help desk. Enforce social distancing and mask rules are mandatory.

UP struggles to contain spike in Covid-19 cases

Water gushes through roof of Bareilly hospital’s Covid ward

Barreily: A coronavirus-designated hospital in Uttar Pradesh's Bareilly was flooded after rainwater gushed through the roof of a ward which was housing Covid positive patients, ‘India Today’ reported on Sunday.

The cause of the flooding is said to be a pipe leakage, inundating the hospital. The hospital officials took action when the video of the hospital flooded with rainwater went viral. The video showed water pouring down from a hole in the ceiling as patients look on.

The video showed the ward of the Bareilly hospital flooded with water. The hospital has claimed the situation is now normal. The pipe broke due to construction work at the hospital. Ashok Kumar, District Surveillance Officer, ACMO, Bareilly said, “The water in Rajshree Medical Research Institute and Hospital entered due to a leakage in pipe. Immediate action was taken and the issue was resolved. A report will be sought.”

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