Tighten up your act or face action, COVID-19 violators warned
With coronavirus cases on the rise in Uttarakhand, Director General of Police (DGP) Ashok Kumar on Monday appealed to people to strictly follow COVID-19 protocols and stay safe or face action.
Stern action will be taken if the protocols are flouted, he said.
While states like Maharashtra appear to be moving toward another lockdown, Uttarakhand is reporting over 500 cases daily, he added.
DGP urged people to wear masks and maintain social distancing
"COVID-19 cases are rising everywhere. People must revert to their habit of wearing masks and maintaining a distance of at least two yards from each other," the DGP said.
He also urged people to make a habit of wearing masks and maintaining social distance a part of their daily routine in view of the fast-growing cases of coronavirus infection.
Uttarakhand reported 550 COVID-19 cases on Sunday
"Lockdowns are bad in every way. They hit the children's studies and harm the economy. I urge people to make a habit of wearing masks and maintaining social distance a part of their daily routine once again to prevent another spell of lockdown," he said.
Uttarakhand reported 550 COVID-19 cases on Sunday. Dehradun and Haridwar topped the list with 221 and 173 cases respectively.
The state has allowed for vaccination of journalists
Meanwhile, on Saturday, the Uttarakhand government allowed for journalists to be vaccinated in the state.
"Uttarakhand should become a state with 100 percent vaccination," Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat said.
He further asked officials to ensure compliance with the treatment protocol to reduce the fatality rate.
Rawat also called for fresh awareness campaigns to make people realize the importance of the COVID-19 protocol.
CM Rawat called for vaccinating rural population
CM Rawat on Friday also directed officials to focus on testing and treatment of coronavirus patients. He also stated that vaccination facilities should be extended to rural areas as soon as possible.
Many devotees arrived for Kumbh without coronavirus test report
Meanwhile, the Kumbh Mela is currently going on in Haridwar, and to combat COVID-19 cases, all devotees need to compulsorily carry a negative RT-PCR report.
However, many devotees who arrived in Haridwar on Thursday for the Kumbh Mela this year did not carry their coronavirus report, according to an inspection conducted by Garhwal Commissioner Ravinath Raman at the local railway station.