Lucknow: The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has banned coronavirus patients from keeping mobile phones inside isolation wards of COVID-19 hospitals in the state.
Patients admitted in dedicated L-2 and L-3 COVID hospitals will no longer will allowed to take mobile phones along with them in the isolation wards in order to check the spread of the infection.
According to an order issued by the state government late on Saturday night, two mobile phones will now be available with the ward in-charge of the COVID care centres so that patients and talk to their family members and administration if required.
Further, the orders specify that the mobile numbers should be communicated to the family members of the patients also.
Director General Medical Education, K.K. Gupta, who issued the order, has informed all concerned officials and directors of dedicated COVID hospitals.
"To facilitate the communication between COVID-19 patients admitted in clinics, with their family members, or anyone else, ensure that two dedicated mobile phones while adhering to infection prevention norms, are kept with ward in-charge of COVID care centre," the order said.
According to the latest data available on the website of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Uttar Pradesh now has 5,735 cases of Corona positive patients and the numbers have been growing steadily since the past ten days.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath performed 'Rudrabhishek' (a ritual to appease Lord Shiva) at the Gorakhnath temple, of which he is the head priest, for the safety of mankind from the Corona pandemic.
The ritual was held on Saturday and lasted two hours, according to temple officials.
The Chief Minister had reached Gorakhpur on Friday evening after almost two months, and returned to the state capital on Saturday.
"The Chief Minister also visited the Gaushala in the temple complex and took stock of sanitation in the area. He also held a review meeting with officials on the Corona situation and also the pace of developmental projects," said the official.
He held meetings with doctors at the Guru Gorakshnath hospital before returning to the state capital.
The Chief Minister had not visited Gorakhpur since the lockdown began and this was one of his longest periods of absence from his home town.