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Upgrade testing labs to identify new virus strain, says CM Yogi Adityanath

The CM expressed satisfaction of the state’s Covid-19 recovery rate of 95.7% but stressed that steps must be taken to bring down new cases so that the number of recovered increases further.

Shivani Arora

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Published on 25 Dec 2020 8:06 AM GMT

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Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed officials to step up arrangements at the airports in wake of the mutant strain of Covid-19 virus identified in several countries including Britain.

Reviewing the COVID-19 situation on Thursday. He directed health officials to review arrangements available for Covid-19 situation vis-àvis the new challenge.

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“Screening facilities at the airports must be increased and all efforts must be made to test all UK returnees who reached UP after December 9," the CM told officials.

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He also told medical education and health departments to review if anything additional is needed in the labs to aid the testing for the new strain of virus. “The labs must be upgraded to be able to undertake testing for the new strain," he stated.

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The CM also said that awareness activities must be intensified on coronavirus prevention. “The new strain appears to be more contagious but prevention measures are the same. Therefore awareness activities must be intensified to ensure that the state remains ahead of the pandemic,” he said.

The CM expressed satisfaction of the state’s Covid-19 recovery rate of 95.7%. But stressed that steps must be taken to bring down new cases so that the number of recovered increases further.

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