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Suresh Khanna dispels fears of lockdown in UP

LUCKNOW: Amid a resurgence in Covid-19 cases, medical education minister Suresh Khanna has dispelled fears of curfew or lockdown by reiterating that it would be the last option.
Addressing a press conference at his office in Vidhan Sabha on Tuesday, the minister said: “The state government is fully prepared to win the battle against novel coronavirus. Proper medical infrastructure is in place and we have an adequate number of experts to deal with the situation. But everyone would have to follow the Covid protocol.”
He also called upon people to immediately vaccinate themselves against the virus. Khanna, who has been in the forefront of the Covid battle by raising adequate medical infrastructure, including dedicated corona hospitals and ensuring over 1.5 lakh beds in existing hospitals, said that since the lockdown had failed to yield desired results last year and only hampered economic activities, this year the lockdown would be the last option.
In 2020, a complete lockdown was imposed in the state to minimise the impact of the pandemic. But it had crippled economic activities and the state government had to face economic challenges, Khanna said.
Expressing concern over the second wave of the pandemic, the minister said that the medical education department is committed to check the spread of the novel coronavirus in the state. He said that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and top medical and administrative officials are continuously reviewing the situation and are ensuring proper medical care to each and every patient. Still the situation in UP is much better than what is happening in Maharashtra, Punjab and Kerala, Khanna said, adding that but even then it needs special attention and strategy.
The state government would follow all Covid guidelines to be issued by the Central government from time to time, the minister said and added that the state government has made elaborate arrangements for vaccination and people should go for it as the vaccine guarantees immunity against the infection.

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