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As COVID-19 Cases Surge, Uttar Pradesh CM Directs Officials To Focus On Children’s Health

Following a recent spurt in coronavirus cases, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed the officials to maintain utmost vigil on the health of children and create awareness about COVID-19 protocol in schools

As COVID-19 Cases Surge, Uttar Pradesh CM Directs Officials To Focus On Children's Health
UP government is focusing on vaccinating children against COVID-19
Highlights
  • Amid a rise in cases, CM Yogi Adityanath stressed on wearing face masks
  • CM called to vaccinate the remaining population in NCR districts, Lucknow
  • In UP, 94.26% adolescents (15-17) have received the first dose of vaccine

Lucknow: Following a recent spurt in coronavirus cases, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday (April 20) directed the officials to maintain utmost vigil on the health of children, especially in the NCR districts, and to create awareness about COVID-19 protocol in schools. In the last 24 hours, 103 new positive cases were reported in Gautam Buddh Nagar and 33 in Ghaziabad. The chief minister stressed on wearing face masks and vaccinating the remaining population in the National Capital Region districts (Gautam Buddh Nagar, Ghaziabad, Hapur, Meerut, Bulandshahr and Baghpat) and Lucknow.

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He also directed the officials to make effective use of public address system to create awareness, a government spokesperson said.

At present, Uttar Pradesh houses 856 active cases. In the last 24 hours, 1.13 lakh tests were conducted and 170 new COVID-19 patients tested positive for the virus. In the same period, 110 people recovered from the infection.

The progress of the vaccination campaign is satisfactory but there is a need to accelerate the inoculation of children, the spokesperson said.

With over 30.86 crore COVID-19 jabs, the entire population aged above 18 has received at least one dose of the vaccine, while more than 86.69 per cent of adults have received both doses, he said.

Among adolescents in the 15-17 age group, 94.26 per cent have received the first dose. The government is also focusing on fully vaccinating young adolescents in the age group of 12-14, he said.

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