LG Calls For Increased Testing In Coming Days

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Friday asked officials to increase testing in coming days and to accord highest priority to the areas reporting new positive cases so as to prevent the third wave of coronavirus.

“Maximum vaccination, continuous analyzing the situation, strict adherence to Covid protocols, and enforcement of containment measures should be the focused area of the administration at all levels to tackle the future health challenges,” the LG said, as per an official spokesperson.

He made these remarks while chairing weekly meetings with the Covid Task Force, SSPs, and reviewing the Covid response and containment measures of the Districts’ Administrations.

Emphasizing on adopting multifold strategies to prevent the third wave, the LG, as per the official spokesperson passed specific directions for further enhancing the testing and tracing in the coming days

“The effective preventive and surveillance measures have shown favourable results in reducing the intensity of the second wave. We need to consolidate the substantial gains achieved in containing the spread and accord highest priority to the areas reporting new positive cases. The sustained decline in positivity rate must be maintained,” Sinha said.

While taking stock of the cumulative Covid vaccination, the LG, as per official spokesperson observed that the J&K Government has substantially ramped up the vaccination capacity across the UT, which will add to the efforts of inoculating the maximum population.

“He directed the officials to work with renewed energy for increasing the speed of vaccination in the 18-44 age group and meet the targets in a time-bound manner,” he said.

The official spokesperson further said that the LG stressed on strict enforcement of containment measures and directed the District Authorities to clearly demarcate the containment zones at the micro-level.

“Terming better crowd management as imperative to break the spread chain, the Lt Governor asked the Civil and Police Administrations to discharge their collective responsibility for enforcing Covid Appropriate Behaviour in workplaces and in public, especially in crowded places,” he said.

During the meeting, the official spokesperson said that the LG also invited suggestions from Divisional Commissioners, ADGP Jammu, IGP Kashmir, DCs and SSPs for implementing a robust strategy in the UT to prevent the third wave.

Earlier Atal Dulloo, Additional Chief Secretary while giving a detailed briefing on district-wise analysis of Covid situation informed about the latest status of active cases, positivity, vaccination, surveillance and contact tracing activities.

“It was informed that all Districts continue to be in green zones as per the cardinal Indicators for assessing the COVID 19 Situation,” the official spokesperson added.

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