As the Coronaviur Pandemic spread fear in the country, 2 more people from Noida test positive for COVID-19 according to reports. Both the people travelled to France, and the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Gautam Budh Nagar, Anurag Bhargav was quoted saying, “Two persons test positive for Coronavirus; one in Sector 78 and another in Sector 100 with travel history to France. Both are admitted in designated isolation hospital” by a leading news agency in India.
As the cases of this novel Coronavirus are increasing at a rapid speed, the Noida Authority, on Monday, announced that all community events are banned to contain and stop the spread of this infection.
The two people who were tested positive have been admitted to isolations wards.
According to Indu Prakash Singh, Noida Authority Officer on special duty, the ban which is imposed comes after it was ordered by Ritu Maheswari, CEO of Noida Authority, owing to the growing cases of Coronavirus in India.
As of now, 129 cases of Coronavirus has been confirmed by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, which includes 17 foreign nations.
With the 2 cases of COVID-19 from Noida, Uttar Pradesh’s total number of cases has gone to 15. Two people in India have died so far because of this lethal infection, one from Delhi and the other from Karnataka.
As of now, there have been 7 cases reported from Delhi, Karnataka has reported 8 and Maharashtra has reported 39 cases of COVID-19 out of which 3 are foreign nationals. Telangana and Ladakh, both, have reported 4 cases each and Jammu & Kashmir reported 3.
Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, and Uttarakhand have all reported 1 case of Coronavirus, Rajasthan reported 4 cases out of which 2 were foreigners. On Monday, Odisha reported its first case of COVID-19. Kerala, as of now, has reported 24 cases which include 2 foreigners.
The Uttar Pradesh Government led by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has warned all the people that strict actions will be taken against those who do not cooperate with the state’s efforts to contain and stop the spread of COVID-19 Pandemic and the spread of rumours and misinformation that can create panic in the state.
The UP Government said that offenders can also be jailed.
Jai Pratap Singh, Health minister, UP said that all the authorities have been empowered under Section 3 of the Epidemic Disease Act 1897 to take any and all the necessary steps against the Coronavirus Outbreak.
Mr Singh said, “We will take action against any suspect if he/she refuses to get tested or runs away from authorities. Action will also be taken against any person who tries to hide such patients, misleads or obstructs the health team from conducting its duty. If required, offenders will also be sent to jail as per the law,”.
He said that currently the situation in UP is under control and there is not need for anyone to panic. Mr Singh added, “People should take precautionary measures advised by the government. We will review the situation on March 20 when further decisions will be taken. We have given special training to 800 doctors and more than 1,200 beds have been reserved across the state in district hospitals and medical colleges,”.
Apart from the awareness program including in the rural areas has been launched to educate people about how to prevent catching the deadly infection. In UP all the Cinema Halls, Multiplexes, Clubs, Swimming Pools have been shut, and in addition to this, the School, Colleges and Institutes where exams are not being conducted have also been shut down.