Covid-19 Threat Not Over Yet: LG

Says Strong Cooperation Needed From Society To Prevent 3rd Wave

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said on Friday that the coronavirus threat was not over yet and a strong cooperation from the society is required to prevent the threat of third wave.

The LG made these remarks while chairing weekly meetings with Covid Task Force, DCs & SPs at Raj Bhavan here on Friday, an official spokesperson said.

During the meeting with the DCs & SPs, he said, the LG directed the officials to take strict action against Covid-19 protocol violators as per provisions of Disaster Management Act.

“The best line of defence against the pandemic is Covid Appropriate Behaviour, intense surveillance and vaccination. Strict monitoring of the spread and keeping track of all variants is crucial at this stage,” Sinha said, as per official spokesperson.

“Targeted testing must be increased in the areas where infection is on the rise. The cases are preventable if people adhere to Covid protocol,” he added.

The official spokesperson further said that the LG passed specific directions for holding special camps to vaccinate college and university students.

“With an improved Covid scenario and 100% vaccination among students and teachers, we can plan gradual reopening of higher education institutions,” the LG said.

The LG, as per the official spokesperson also asked the officials for dedicated focus on 100% first inoculation of the 18-44 age group, besides timely 2nd dose of the targeted population.

He further said that the DCs, SPs were directed to ensure that restrictions on the public gatherings shall continue, besides taking strict measures to avoid crowding at public places.

“The Lt Governor directed the officials to take note of observations made by the National Institute for Disaster Management report and prepare to augment clinical management and paediatric facilities in all the hospitals,” the official spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, the LG launched J&K’s Chikitsa Setu app, an initiative of Prashant Sharma, an IAS officer of the Uttar Pradesh Cadre, and Ms. Poulomi Pavini Shukla, in collaboration with National Institute for Smart Government Hyderabad, to help Corona Warriors, he said.

“The mobile application is developed with an objective to assist doctors, paramedical staff and other Corona Warriors in the fight against Covid-19,” he added.

Vivek Bhardwaj, Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Medical Education Department gave a detailed district-wise analysis of Covid-19 pandemic including the status of vaccine availability and coverage; daily trend of COVID 19 cases; trend of daily testing done and daily positivity rate etc.

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