COVID-19 second wave worrying, be extra cautious: Adityanath
The current COVID-19 wave is worrying and people need to take all the precautions and follow safety protocols, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Sunday at an all-party meeting, which was not attended by the Samajwadi Party, the main opposition in the state.
The meeting was held at the Raj Bhawan in Lucknow.
Vaccination against COVID-19 should be ramped up: Governor
An invitation was extended to Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Leader of Opposition Ram Govind Chaudhary for the meeting, but they did not turn up, sources said. Meanwhile, Governor Anandiben Patel said, "The situation was grim and vaccination against COVID-19 should be increased."
Initially, UP successfully kept a tab on COVID-19: Patel
"In the past one year, speedy action was taken to combat COVID-19 in a planned manner. The fight was fought with joint efforts and in this, UP was fully successful," Patel said at the meeting.
"UP has done the best work in waging war against COVID-19. This had put an effective control over COVID-19, and the number of cases had become negligible," she added.
Phase II of COVID-19 needs to be urgently controlled: Patel
"Now, the novel coronavirus has returned after changing its form, due to which the situation has become grim. Now, we have to take benefit of our past experience, and soon control Phase II of COVID-19, so that its spread can be curtailed," Patel said.
"It is good that anti-COVID-19 vaccine is available now, and the vaccination has to be effectively done," the governor said.
Adhere to COVID-19 appropriate behavior during panchayat polls: Adityanath
The governor also said that the vaccination of students of the colleges and universities in the state should be considered.
Further, Chief Minister Adityanath said the current wave of COVID-19 is worrying and people need to exercise caution and follow all COVID-19 protocols religiously.
He appealed to people to adhere to COVID-19 appropriate behavior during the panchayat polls.
State government committed to saving people's lives and livelihood: Adityanath
"The state government is committed to saving lives and livelihood of people," Adityanath said. Deputy Chief Ministers Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma, UP BJP chief Swatantra Dev Singh, Congress leader Sohail Akhtar Ansari, and BSP leader Lalji Verma also addressed the meeting.