Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat chaired a video conference with all district magistrates to take stock of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in the state. Before that he attended a video conference chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Rawat directed all the DMs to ensure that continuous publicity is undertaken to raise public awareness on measures for safety from coronavirus.
The general public should be made aware to maintain social distance. Appealing senior citizens and those aged below 10 years to remain indoors, he exhorted the citizens to make the Janata curfew this Sunday a success.
Rawat directed the district magistrates to make additional district magistrate rank officer the nodal officer in their respective districts.
These nodal officers should inspect all the hospitals to check the preparations and keep updating the district magistrate consistently. They should also inform about gaps and other types of requirements. The district magistrates should make necessary arrangements to meet the requirements.
Stressing on the need for sanitising public places, Rawat directed the DMs to undertake regular monitoring and seek sanitisation report consistently. All urban local bodies should work in a proactive manner to tackle the situation, he stressed. The movement of tourists has been barred. However, the Government of India has issued directions to extend the visas of foreign tourists till April 15. In addition to taken necessary measures as per protocol with anyone displaying symptoms of coronavirus, alertness should be maintained to keep the doctors and medical teams healthy and safe. Rawat directed all the DMs to regularly update the data, adding that contact be made on 0135-2609500 to clear any confusion. Paramedics should be contacted and prepared for lending assistance.
He further directed that contact be established with Vyapar Mandals, Mandi Parishads and other such bodies to ensure regularly supply of food items. Special care should be taken to prevent any panic type of situation in the public. Further, strict action should be taken against those spreading rumours.
Private hotels, hostels and such institutions can be used for quarantine facility for which the training of staff and other measures should be facilitated, he said.
Hotels and hostels with single rooms are better for quarantine facility. Further, there shouldn’t be central air conditioning as this may affect a healthy person in a separate room, he pointed out. Earlier, the CM attended the PM’s video conference with chief ministers of all the states. In the conference, the central level officers informed about efforts being undertaken to stall the spread of novel coronavirus.
The PM asked all the chief ministers to stay in regular contact with the business fraternity through video conferencing.The State’s chief secretary Utpal Kumar Singh, director general of police Anil K Raturi and other senior officials were also among those present in the conferences.