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Citizens are slowly becoming aware of the dangers of Covid-19, Agra District Magistrate Prabhu N Singh said.
SN Hospital being disinfected on May 3 (Photo Credits: PTI)
Agra in Uttar Pradesh has reported 851 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus over the last two months of the nationwide lockdown to contain the infection. The rise in cases was the highest in April with the detection of over 500 patients in a month.
The pace at which fresh cases were coming to light in the city continued in the first week of May but declined post-May 10.
On the other hand, a drop in the rate of new cases was complimented with a rapid rise in the recovery rate of infected patients. With 730 patients being discharged after recovery, Agra district now has only about 80 active cases to date.
These improvements are being attributed to the vigilance of district magistrate Prabhu N Singh and the newly appointed Chief Medical Officer Dr RC Pandey, supported by the new principal of SN Medical College, Dr Sanjay Kala.
A senior official with the healthcare department told India Today the number of new cases is declining due to strict enforcement of the lockdown by the police and administration in hotspots. As a result, most hotspots are reporting no new cases of infection.
Imposition of heavy fines against those found loitering on the roads has also acted as a deterrent.
Citizens are slowly becoming aware of the dangers of Covid-19, District Magistrate Prabhu N Singh told India Today. He added that while the administration and police are maintaining strict vigilance, a significant drop in the number of new cases is primarily due to the support of the people of Agra.
“People are themselves becoming aware of the dangers of moving about without a face mask and a sanitizer. Those who do not observe social distancing or wear a mask are subjected to hefty fines,” Prabhu N Singh said.
The District Magistrate also expressed hope that the festival of Eid will be celebrated by Agra’s Muslims this time in adherence to social distancing norms. “The target is to flatten the Covid-19 graph in Agra and bring the city out of the red zone,” added DM Prabhu N Singh.
Senior physician Dr S K Kalra said the observance of basic sanitary norms could prevent Covid-19 from spreading in the city.
Hindustani Biradari Vice-Chairman Vishal Sharma said that the drop in the number of Covid-19 infections is primarily due to the support of the people of Agra who persevered through the lockdown and supported the administration in its attempt to flatten the graph of infections in Agra.