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Covid-19: CM calls for real-time info on hospital ventilators

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Yediyurappa tells officials to crack down on Covid protocol violators

BENGALURU:

Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has instructed officials to provide real-time information on ventilator availability in hospitals, in the wake of the surge in coronavirus cases in the state.

Yediyurappa had a spot meeting with top officials on Tuesday during a short stopover in Bengaluru (the CM is on an election tour in advance of the bye-polls in Belagavi, Maski and Basavakalyan) to discuss measures to curb the Covid-19 second wave in the state.

At the meeting, it was decided to obtain and disseminate real-time information on vacant beds in private hospitals. The state authorities are in constant touch with the Union Ministry of Health regarding the vaccine shortage, and in this connection the CM instructed officials to procure the vaccines as per the state’s requirement. Yediyurappa also advised police officers to strictly monitor the night curfew in Bengaluru and other curfew-bound cities.

‘Focus on micro zones’

The CM stressed the need to set up micro containment zones in the state wherever necessary. Inspections should be increased in such areas, he said, adding, “Attention should be paid to trace primary and secondary contacts of the infected. Those who violate the order on wearing masks and observing Covid-appropriate behaviour should be prosecuted according to the law.”

The meeting decided to provide private hospitals with access to the Remdesivir drug used to treat coronavirus infections.

Chief Secretary P Ravi Kumar, BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta and Police Commissioner Kamal Pant were among those present.

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