Lucknow, Oct 21 (IANS) The number of new Covid-19 cases in Uttar Pradesh is declining and the recovery rate has increased to 91.91 per cent. In the last 24 hours, 2,351 new cases were reported in the state, said the Health Department.
Uttar Pradesh Additional Chief Secretary of Medical and Health, Amit Mohan Prasad, said on Wednesday 1,51,314 samples have been tested in a single day and the total testing has reached 1,32,98,742 samples. He said new cases were reported in the last 24 hours, but there has been a continuous decline in the newly infected cases since the last 33 days.
The recovery rate in the most populous state has increased to 91.91 per cent, which is higher than the overall recovery rate of the country at 88 per cent, he added.
The active Covid cases have come down to 30,416 due to a greater number of persons recovering from the infection as compared to the newly infected cases. Nearly 4.59 lakh persons were affected out of which 4.22 lakh have recovered.
Uttar Pradesh as on September 17 reported the highest number of 68,235 active cases of coronavirus. On the day, the state had a total of 3.54 lakh infected persons of which 2.83 lakh persons had recovered, taking the recovery rate to 80 per cent. Since then the number of Covid cases has been reducing continuously. And for the past 33 days a sharp reduction of 55.43 per cent in infected cases has been recorded.
He said 2,562 people have undergone treatment in the private hospitals and the surveillance team in the state has carried out a survey covering a population of 13.52 crore people living in 2,74,44,903 houses.
On October 18, a total of 6,664 infants were born in the government hospitals across the state, of which 6,513 children were given birth through normal delivery and 155 underwent cesarean deliveries, Prasad added.
He also assured that those children and pregnant women who have not been vaccinated owing to the ongoing corona pandemic would be identified and will undergo vaccination under a campaign starting from November. The preparations by the Health department have already begun and the non-vaccinated children as well as pregnant women have been identified under the Yogi government's 'Dastak Abhiyan' which was conducted from October 1 to 15.
Bengaluru, Nov 25 (IANS) South Western Railway's (SWR) Divisional Railway Manager, Ashok Kumar Verma, on Tuesday flagged off the first export-bound New Modified Goods (NMG) rake from the Hosur railway station to neighbouring Bangladesh.
This is the first NMG rake dispatched by the South Western Railway to Bangladesh.
Speaking to reporters, Verma said the rake consisting of 25 wagons loaded with 100 light commercial vehicles (LCVs) is called "Dost" and has been manufactured by Ashok Leyland. It left for Benapole railway station in Bangladesh.
He said that transportation of automobiles by train is safer and faster compared to transportation by road. "Nont only it is safe and cheaper, but it is also easy to monitor the movement of the consignment in trains with real-time check in practice," he said.
The SWR in a statement claimed that earlier, the Bengaluru division had dispatched two export-bound NMG rakes to Nautanwa (Nepal) from the Penukonda railway station. "Overall, the division has loaded 128 NMG rakes during the current financial year," the statement added.
Verma said the Bengaluru division, which was mainly transporting raw materials and essential commodities, took to loading of automobiles for the first time when it transported 175 tractors from the Doddaballapur railway station to Phuleria in Rajasthan on April 29 this year.
Upbeat about change in the recent policies such as two points unloading of NMG rakes and exemption of terminal charges for automobiles, Verma said that these policy changes have certainly boosted the loading of automobiles by India in Railways.
"In 2020-21, five NMG rakes have been loaded from Hosur. Apart from the rake that left for Bangladesh today, 5,528 two-wheelers have been sent in four rakes to Mandideep in Madhya Pradesh," the Verma said.
The SWR statement added that during the current year, 65 rakes of automobiles manufactured by TAFE, mainly tractors, have been transported by train from the Doddaballapur railway station near Bengaluru.
Till date, a total of 5,600 cars have been transported to Farukh Nagar in Haryana and Nautanwa in Uttar Pradesh from Penukonda in 55 rakes.