The total number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Agra has climbed to 597. The district authorities have made it clear on Monday that there was no relief for the Taj city and that the lockdown restrictions will carry on to be effectively enforced till May 17th.
The District Magistrate P.N Singh has tweeted that there was fear that the number of infected would increase further, hence the lockdown restrictions will remain in force, more strictly to be complied with. He has said that 7,234 samples had been taken for testing so far.
So far, there have been 15 deaths reported, while there have been 147 recoveries who have returned home. Four quarantine centres have been closed. The city currently stands with 44 hotspots. The neighbouring districts of Firozabad and Mathura are also red, since the number of positive coronavirus cases has continued to move upwards.
The Agra district administration has come under pressure since there have been more than a thousand migrant workers who have arrived from Ahmedabad in a special train. After a thermal screening was carried out at the Agra station, 595 locals were sent to be quarantined and the rest of them were sent to their respective districts in buses. In the meanwhile, the District Administration has decided to constitute village and mohalla level monitoring committees.
Those who have been so far registered under the MGNREGA scheme would be mobilised to dig 21 lakh pits to carry out sapling plantation and also to clean up 178 community ponds before the monsoon rains arrive.
Bringing to light the dissatisfaction of the locals against the government medical facilities, a leading shoe exporter Pooran Dawar who has been providing thousands of food packets daily for distribution through the police network, in a communication to the state’s political leadership, has emphasized on some of the gaps that need to be plugged on an urgent basis.
Dawar said that the closure of private hospitals and clinics has resulted in a lot of avoidable suffering as well as several deaths.
Poor infrastructure and back up support in the dozens of quarantine centres where food along with water bottles were thrown at the inmates disrespectfully, has given rise to a lot of pain and anguish.