Omicron scare:Agra resorts on alert as new corona variant poses world risk

Within the wake of the worldwide risk posed by the brand new Coronavirus variant present in South Africa, well being officers sounded an alert in Agra on Saturday. Letters are being issued to resorts within the metropolis of the Taj to maintain a watch on guests coming from South Africa, Botswana and Hong Kong.

“Though the brand new instances of Covid-19 are at a minimal stage in Uttar Pradesh, but there are threats being posed globally because of the new Sars-CoV-2 variant, Omicron, traced in South Africa and formally referred to as B.1.1.529. It has been designated as a variant of concern by the World Well being Organisation,” stated Dr AK Srivastava, chief medical officer (CMO), Agra.

It was Agra which recorded the primary case of Covid-19 in Uttar Pradesh on March 2, 2020. Town, with three monuments listed as world heritage buildings within the Unesco listing, attracts many vacationers. Though worldwide flights are but to function however Agra administration and well being officers aren’t able to take possibilities.

“With a world risk looming giant with the tracing of the brand new variant, precautionary steps are being mooted. Letters are being written to resorts in Agra that data be offered about any customer coming from South Africa, Botswana and Hong Kong. There’s a want for intense monitoring of such friends until they keep right here in Agra,” the CMO stated.

“In a gathering, Agra district Justice of the Peace Prabhu N Singh has directed to intently monitor these coming from these nations, moreover monitoring these coming of their contact. We’re additionally to keep watch over those that have lately travelled to those nations or are holding passports of those nations. They’re being requested to tell the well being division instantly,” he stated.

In the meantime, the well being authorities are reviewing well being infrastructure in rural areas as a result of the load of hospitalisation through the second wave had strained city services. As such, the thought is to strengthen hospitals at group well being centres within the rural belt, particularly the place oxygen vegetation have been arrange and beds can be found in order that the load on metropolis hospitals is lightened.

“The well being infrastructure on the District Hospital and SN Medical Faculty in Agra is being up to date. Mock drills are being performed and oxygen vegetation are being checked for bigger output if required. Monitoring of holiday makers has been prolonged at Taj Mahal additionally,” added the CMO.

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