Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel amid Corona virus

The Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh said that the number of daily coronavirus tests should be increased. (file)

Raipur: Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in Chhattisgarh, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Monday chaired an emergency meeting of ministers, senior officials and asked district-level officials to discuss major public events to increase testing and prevent overcrowding. asked to ban.

The Chief Minister said that the cases of coronavirus are increasing rapidly and it seems that a third wave of infections is on the way, but added that the lockdown will be the last option after various restrictions and measures are implemented.

“Districts should be alert. There should be an increase in the number of daily tests and all arrangements should be made in hospitals,” he said.

Later, speaking to reporters after the meeting, Mr. Baghel said that officials have been asked to coordinate with all departments, trade sector, industry associations and other organizations before taking further decisions to tackle the outbreak. .

The Chief Minister said that the third wave looks different and less dangerous than the first and second wave, but vigilance has to be maintained as the infection was spreading in Delhi, Mumbai etc.

“Lockdown will be the last option. As of now, efforts are being made to increase testing at airports, railway stations and bus stands as well as follow quarantine and isolation practices. If cases continue to rise even after such efforts , then in the last phase we will move towards lockdown,” he said.

On Sunday, Chhattisgarh had reported 290 COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 10,08,756, including 13,601 deaths, leaving the state with an active caseload of 1,273.

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