The Yogi Adityanath government of Uttar Pradesh has decided to put the fourth and fifth-year MBBS students in the state on Covid-19 management. The state government has taken the decision following the cancellation of MBBS examinations due to a massive spike in Covid cases. “These students will now be deployed on COVID duties and this will ease the pressure on doctors to a considerable extent,” said a government spokesman.
The state government may acquire private laboratories and hospitals in Uttar Pradesh in order to increase the medical infrastructure in the state to cope with increasing Covid-19 cases.
In the midst of a rapid surge in the Covid-19 cases in Uttar Pradesh, the Allahabad High Court has directed the state government to consider imposing a complete lockdown in the most affected districts.
The high court asked the Uttar Pradesh government further to ramp up tracking, testing and treatment facilities.
The Yogi government has already announced restrictions on gatherings of five or more people in religious places for effective control of the Covid-19 pandemic during Navratri and Ramzan.
Uttar Pradesh has recorded 18,021 new Covid cases in the last 24 hours, the state health department informed on Tuesday. The active Covid cases in the state have mounted 95,980. The state has witnessed 3,474 recoveries and 85 deaths in the last 24 hours.
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi went into self-isolation after coming into contact with a few officials who tested positive for Covid-19. Yogi gave this information through a tweet.
“I got tested for COVID-19 after showing some symptoms. The report is positive and I am in self-isolation and following all medical instructions. I am doing my work virtually,” Yogi said on Twitter.
He said, “All the functions of the state government are running normally.”
The government spokesman said that the Chief Minister will continue to hold meetings virtually and will monitor the Covid situation in the state.