Noida residents asked for information about travelers from high-risk states
Amid a possible third wave of COVID-19, the Gautam Buddh Nagar Health Department has asked Noida and Greater Noida residents to alert it about people coming from nine high-risk states, including Kerala and Maharashtra. A communication in this regard was issued by the district's Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Sunil Sharma to all resident welfare associations (RWAs) and housing societies on Thursday.
UP has been able to control the COVID-19 transmission: Communique
The communique stated that Uttar Pradesh has been able to keep the rate of COVID-19 transmission lower than many states due to a lot of efforts and there is a need to keep the rate low as precaution against rise in cases of the virus.
Such travelers could be put on health surveillance: Dr. Sharma
"As per a UP Government order on July 19, the district surveillance officer has to be informed about people coming into Gautam Buddh Nagar from states that have a COVID-19 positivity rate of three percent or more through air/rail/road," Dr. Sharma said. "Such travelers could be put on health surveillance and be treated immediately for any symptoms of coronavirus," he said.
WhatsApp number circulated to alert the district surveillance officer
The nine high-risk states mentioned by the CMO are Kerala, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Tripura, Mizoram, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, and Sikkim, according to the communique. "You are requested to alert the district surveillance officer on WhatsApp number 9971208271 about any traveler coming from these states so that COVID-19 spread could be prevented," the CMO said in the letter to the RWAs and housing societies.
India reported over 44,000 new COVID-19 cases on Friday
Gautam Buddh Nagar adjoining Delhi in western Uttar Pradesh had 37 active cases of COVID-19 on Thursday along with a death toll of 466, according to official figures. Meanwhile, India on Friday reported over 44,000 new COVID-19 cases, a marginal increase compared to the day before. So far, 3,07,43,972 patients have recovered, while 4,05,155 cases involve active infections.