Girls who are emotionally neglected or severely sexually abused early in their lives report riskier sexual behaviour during adolescence, a new study suggests.
The findings indicates the risky sexual behaviours included not using condoms, having five or more lifetime partners, having sex in return for money, having sex with someone known to be infected with a sexually transmitted disease, having a partner at least five years older than themselves, and having sex while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
"This study provides unique information about patterns of abuse and neglect and underscores the need for better and more comprehensive tools in clinical and research settings," said researcher Li Niu from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in the US.
For the study, published in the journal Child Development, the team examined how different categories of maltreatment were related to changes in risky sexual behaviours between ages 13 and 23.
This study measured self-reported childhood maltreatment among 882 sexually active adolescents and young adults every six months.
The team suggested that adolescents categorized as having had moderate emotional neglect without abuse, as well as those categorized as having experienced severe sexual abuse, reported more sexual risk behaviours than peers who reported low maltreatment.
Those with severe sexual abuse also reported the fastest increase of sexually risky behaviours over time.
The girls who experienced moderate emotional neglect, which is the most common form of child maltreatment, may develop riskier behaviours than their peers who were not neglected because emotional neglect may interfere with the development of a secure bond with a parent and the self-esteem that bond produces; the lack of these may precipitate the onset and risky patterns of sexual behaviour during middle adolescence, according to the study.
Contrary to other research, the study did not find different sexual behaviours between girls and young women who reported severe physical and emotional abuse and those in the low-maltreatment group.
A new solution-based personal care range, 'Clovia Botaniqa', was launched, especially for mothers. The products are based on Ayurvedic formulation comprising of oils, body butters, face washes, face masks, shampoos, conditioner and serums that offer solutions for problems faced during and post-pregnancy such as hair-fall, tired/dull skin, stretch marks, dryness, acne as well as stress.
Suited to all skin types, the products are pH-controlled plant-based remedies, making it safe to be around babies and therefore, apt for new mothers and pregnant women, said a spokesperson for the company.
The products are toxins, paraben or sulphate free and enriched with active ingredients derived from Moringa, Argan, Patouchali, Aloe Vera, Jasmine oil, Lavender, Jojobal, Olive Saffron, Matcha tea, Himalayan clay, etc that heal skin and hair naturally and from within.
Neha Kant, Founder and Director, Clovia said: "We believe in constant innovation and direct connection to our customers. With the launch of this latest range, we aim to extend Clovia's problem solving expertise to our user's skin and hair as well. Over the years, we have received a great response from our customers across categories including lingerie, activewear, or nightwear and we are hoping to delight our customers with our new personal care range as well. The entire range is made with natural ingredients and uses Ayurvedic formulations. It is result oriented targeting their key issues. We have taken utmost care to keep it safe for new mothers."
The products are available at www.clovia.com and Clovia's retail outlets starting from Rs 399.
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Stomach ache or abdominal pain can be cramps, achy, dull, sharp or intermittent. The common causes of stomach ache include constipation, diarrhea, acid reflux, lactose intolerance, stress, gas and bloating.
Nutritionist and Lifestyle Educator Karishma Chawla shares tips on how to deal with different stomach aches and home remedies for the it:
Constipation is caused by lack of dietary fiber, indulging in too many processed foods, dehydration, too much dairy, medications, lack or exercise or movement, lack of routine or a hurried morning, ignoring the urge to defecate, and stress plays a big role. Chronic constipation can lead to gas production, stomach bloating and ache. Dietary interventions include consuming whole grains such as dalia, red rice poha, rajgira and legumes fruits and veggies rich in fiber like dark green leafy veggies, pear and papaya, drinking plenty of water and other fluids like starting the day with lemon water and consuming vegetable smoothies.
Lifestyle measures include, slowing down the morning ritual, having a routine, set wake up and sleep time along with some yoga and stretches. Avoid refined foods, deep fried foods and high sugar foods. Can experiment with black salt, this may help to relieve gas and bloating and aid digestion. And garlic helps to relieve gas, constipation and treat infection.
This can be caused by a viral infection, drugs, food allergies and food sensitivities to name a few. Management of diarrhea includes fluid balance with coconut water, buttermilk, salted rice kanji, lemon sugar salt beverage or weak tea.
Individuals with lactose intolerance usually lack the enzyme lactase to digest the lactose in milk leading to stomach cramps and diarrhea. Avoiding milk is beneficial and can substitute milk with almond and coconut milk
GAS AND BLOATING:
This can be a result of food sensitivities, constipation or indigestion leading to abdominal pain. Manage this by dropping food irritants that cause gas, eating a diet high in fiber, adequate water, chewing food properly. One can also experiment with adding herbs such as turmeric that help to break down food and absorb nutrients and garlic that helps to relieve gas.
It is caused by low stomach acid, magnesium deficiency, certain foods, haitas hernia and eating food too quickly. Relief is found by avoiding foods such as citrus foods, alcohol, spicy foods, peppermint. Practice mindful eating, chew every mouthful 20-30 times and can experiment with aloe juice in the morning and sauf and kala jeera water before meals to secrete stomach acid.
Stress can cause low stomach acid. People with low stomach acid typically experience frequent heartburn, acid reflux, burping, bloating, gas, and even nausea after eating. Home remedies include a glass of warm water and fresh lemon or lime. Squeeze a tablespoon of lemon juice into the water and drink before consuming anything else. You can also try adding 1 tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar to an 8-ounce glass of warm water and drink it about 15-30 minutes before a meal. Drink this after meals if you experience heartburn.
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New Delhi, Jan 14 (IANS) Mild adverse event following immunisation (AEFI) like headache, fatigue, myalgia (pain in muscle), injection site tenderness, malaise (weakness), pyrexia, chills, arthralgia, and nausea are among the symptoms that may occur following Covisheld vaccination.
As per a Health Ministry communication, paracetamol maybe given in these adverse reactions. Very rare cases of demylenating have been reported following this vaccination.
For Covaxin, use of chroloquine and corticosteroids may impair antibody response. In addition, some mild AEFIs like injection site pain, headache, fatique, fever, body ache, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, giddiness-dizzyness, tremor, sweating, cold, cough and injection site sweating may occur.
Both the vaccines are not recommended for those younger than 18 years, lactating mothers women and during pregnancy.
Covid-19 vaccine and other vaccines may be separated by 14 days. Interchanegability of vaccine is not permitted and the same vaccine has to be taken twice.
The temporary contraindications are active Covid infection, infected persons who have been given plasma and those acutely unwell and hospitalised due to any illness.
Those with chronic diseases are not contraindicated including renal, metabolic, cardia, malignancies, pulmonary and neurological.
The Health Ministry has issued this advisory to the states as the vaccination starts from January 16 and states have received the vaccine doses.
Winter is often pleasing but it can also be bothersome when it comes to your heart. Winter is the time when high-risk people or those with heart issues, may get a heart attack. To top it all, people with heart problems are in the high-risk category and may get sick due to Coronavirus.
The sudden drop in the temperature causes narrowing of peripheral vessels thus putting extra pressure on your heart. This will result in the low supply of oxygen to the heart because of the increased demand of the heart. As a result, your heart will have to make extra efforts to pump oxygen and blood. Hence, those suffering from heart failure can have symptoms which may also lead to loss of life.
According to a study, there is about a 2 per cent increase in the risk of getting heart attacks for every 1.8-degree Fahrenheit decrease in temperature. In 2015, another study revealed that if you compare the coldest month of the year to the warmest month of the year there is a 31 per cent increase in heart attacks in the coldest months. It is the time when one's blood vessels may contract and this can shoot up your blood pressure putting you at the risk of a heart attack or even a stroke. Even the ones who are unaware of their pre-existing heart conditions are prone to heart diseases in this season.
If one's body temperature goes below 95 degrees then they will suffer from hypothermia that can take a toll on the heart muscle. Thus, people who spend maximum time in cold weather, especially sports enthusiasts can suffer from accidental hypothermia. This is the stage when the body loses heat faster than it can produce heat causing a dangerously low body temperature; it can prove fatal. People who are more than 60 years with hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, smokers, or tobacco chewers can get chest pain. Another important factor is that emotional stress which will invite a heart attack.
Here's a plan to keep your heart in top shape during those chilly days.
Stay warm during those colder days: you should exertion in cold weather if you have any existing heart problems. Try to take frequent breaks and stay warm. Wear woollen clothes, caps, and gloves. Or wear layers and even full socks. Keep your house well-heated. Beware of heart attack symptoms like chest pain, nausea, and even drowsiness. Avoid exercising in cold weather. Instead opt for indoor exercises. Do not do any exercises that pressurize your heart.
Monitor your blood pressure on a daily basis: If you are one of them who has a high blood pressure problem, then it is imperative for you to keep an eye on your numbers, as doing so can minimize your risk of a heart attack. Hence, you must take the medications prescribed by the doctor on time.
Restrict alcohol and completely avoid smoking: alcohol may expand the blood vessels in the skin and make you feel warmer by taking out heat from your body's vital organs. Similarly, smoking leads to atherosclerosis. Not only this, those who smoke can also encounter a heart attack. Smoking reduces the oxygen flow towards the heart, raises your heart rate and blood pressure.
Eat well: Opt for fresh fruit and vegetables, seeds, nuts, legumes, and pulses. Drink a warm soup or eat hot meals. Avoid eating food jam-packed with salt or sugar. Say NO to processed, junk, and oily foods. Cut down on saturated fats and maintain an optimum weight.
Try relaxation techniques like yoga and meditation as it will reduce your stress and help you cool down.
(The author, Bipeenchandra Bhamre, is Consultant Cardiac Surgeon at Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre in Mumbai)
Sydney on Tuesday reported four new coronavirus cases linked to a second active infection cluster involving a liquor store in the Australian city's western suburbs.
With the new cases, the cluster detected in the Berala suburbs has increased to 15, Xinhua news agency reported.
Health officials, however flagged an additional case, detected overnight and not included in Tuesday's figures, which involved an 18-year-old man who travelled to vulnerable regional communities in the New South Wales (NSW) state, of which Sydney is the capital.
"An 18-year-old man travelled from Berala to Orange, Nyngan and then Broken Hill for a camping trip," Acting NSW Premier John Barilaro said.
"This is a reminder of what can occur for people who are moving out of Sydney."
Officials urged residents from those towns to be tested, with plans to establish additional testing clinics.
Meanwhile, the state of Victoria reported three additional Covid-19 cases attributed to a Thai restaurant cluster involving a total of 27 infections, which authorities said was linked to the Sydney outbreak.
Starting Monday, wearing of face masks became mandatory for all residents of Sydney in public indoor spaces and on public transport for the first time since the pandemic began.
The first cluster was detected late last month in Sydney's Northern Beaches area.
The state of NSW currently accounts for 4,973 coronavirus cases and 54 deaths.
Australia has so far reported a total 28,504 cases and 909 fatalities.
The Business Correspondent model has shown promise by bringing a network of tech-enabled banking agents into poor and underserved rural communities
Finance is one field where we have witnessed significant innovations in recent decades and this has transformed our society in many ways. One of the most promising innovations in the field of financial inclusion is the Business Correspondent model in which they serve as retail agents for banks for providing services at locations other than a bank branch or ATM. India has traditionally been an under-banked country, with a financial system that doesn’t work for the poor and hard-to-serve populations. One key reason for this is that most transactions are conducted in cash. Brick-and-mortar outlets make cash-based services difficult and expensive. Even State-owned banks have balked at reaching rural and poorer parts of India.
Even though, there has been a huge uptake of digital banking in recent years, cash remains a crucial part of most people’s lives. The very small deposits and loans of lower-income customers make them unprofitable for banks which use traditional conventional models. Moreover, the cost of opening branches or setting up ATMs in remote locations tends to be high. Many rural dwellers still live too far from bank branches to make accounts viable for them. Also, rural customers usually deposit and borrow small amounts, making the business they bring to banks less lucrative. The main problem is Indian banks and other financial service providers haven’t found a way to serve poor customers located in far-flung areas and still make a profit. For years, India’s banking system struggled to reach these individuals with products that can significantly improve their financial lives and integrate them into the mainstream financial system. Now, alternative distribution approaches are emerging. The global revolution in digital payments has created new opportunities to connect poor and rural households with affordable, convenient and reliable financial tools.
One such approach — the Business Correspondent or agent model — has shown promise by bringing a network of tech-enabled banking agents into underserved communities. Agent networks, a distribution channel that relies on individual entrepreneurs under a franchise-like model, is an effective way to provide banking services. Also known as agent banking or correspondent banking, it has enabled banks to reach remote customers. It involves use of technology, such as payment cards or mobile phones, to identify customers and record transactions electronically and, in some cases, to allow customers to initiate transactions remotely. The entire framework hinges on technology-enabled remote banking logged into the system in a brick-and-mortar bank.
The agent model typically involves a person providing support as an extended arm of the bank. This is an important piece in the financial ecosystem and a key touch point that enables banks to expand their outreach dramatically at a substantially lower cost. The network leverages technology for maximum outreach in the assisted mode of banking through point of service handheld devices, mobile phones, biometric scanners and even micro ATMs which can be accessed either through AePS (Aadhaar-enabled Payment Services) or a debit card. Easy-to-reach micro ATMs for stripped-down banking services such as cash deposits, loan repayments, transfers and withdrawals are a revolutionary tool for a low- cost banking infrastructure.
Business Correspondents are typically grassroots entrepreneurs who serve as contractual representatives of the sponsor bank and are authorised to conduct specified business on its behalf. They are compensated through fees and commission paid by the sponsor, which also takes care of their training needs.
These agents, who help banks acquire and serve customers, have worked under what is essentially a franchise model. Bank agents are typically required to invest significant upfront capital in the business and are encouraged to leverage their personal connections and credibility within the local community to stoke demand.
This model provides substantial cost benefits to the provider, as the agent incurs the majority of start-up costs and most ongoing costs are variable and commission-based. The agent model also features some important non-financial benefits. As the retail face of the business, agents can provide customer assistance in a way that most ATMs cannot. This is especially valuable in communities with low rates of overall and technological literacy.
The model was introduced in 2006 by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to allow banks to employ local people as third-party, non-bank agents to travel door-to-door to provide banking services to local communities. The agent model proposes that in areas inaccessible to banks, entities such as grocery stores, telcos, snack parlours, petrol pumps, lottery outlets, public utilities and companies with a retail network which potential customers use for their daily needs, can be authorised to perform financial operations.
Financial services firms need to weave local contexts in their business models in order to serve the communities successfully. Closer integration with the community, through models like Business Correspondent banking, also helps in bringing about a greater appreciation of the challenges faced by them. In a country as vast and diverse as India, deeper understanding of the market can only come if firms have a widespread distribution network and recruit locally. In order to serve their customers better, financial services firms need to be present in local markets and have employees who are familiar with the cultural and economic nuances of the community in which they work.
The agent networks served as the last line of resistance during the ongoing pandemic. Following the nationwide lockdowns, the Centre announced two relief packages under the ‘Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana’ amounting to $260 billion, an estimated 10 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), for the vulnerable. Agents played a significant role in its implementation, as Government subsidies were credited directly to the accounts of beneficiaries
The channel has led to the creation of a mass market for affordable, accessible, convenient and sustainable financial services for low-income people and small-scale entrepreneurs in remote areas which lack bank branches, but do have other retail outlets and post offices that already have the reach needed to access target customers. These outlets provide locations for a network of agents that can be used as low-cost delivery channels for providing financial services to people visiting them, especially in rural areas. Customers may have already developed a level of trust and confidence required for more habitual use of financial services.
The model has chronically suffered from low profitability and high churn. There is a high level of agent attrition on account of unattractive remuneration. Agents take on significant financial risk in starting their business. For an individual starting a mobile money business, upfront costs — which include the initial cash required as well expenses such as furnishings, technology devices, licencing and security fee — are substantial.
In places that have significant population density that can drive decent volumes, agent networks will grow organically. However, whether an agent is located in an urban or frontier region, of course, is not the sole determinant of success. In all markets, additional factors can limit the development of networks. These include the lack of banking infrastructure required for rebalancing, regulatory requirements that make it challenging and time intensive to recruit agents, unreliable telecommunications networks and power grids, poor roads and other physical infrastructure.
The country needs a larger force of agents who are educated, motivated and savvy enough to effectively reach remote and challenging communities. But considering the work required for on-boarding these customers and orienting them to actively use digital services, the agents’ compensation appears to be hardly worth the effort. On account of this, they tend to favour densely populated, well-monetised and oversaturated markets. The original model of doorstep banking has already given way to kiosk-based banking due to the increased work required of agents. Meaningful financial inclusion will be possible in India only if banking agents provide quality services with transparency and dignity to the country’s underserved populations. But agents need financial stability for themselves before they can be expected to extend financial inclusion to the unbanked and serve a new generation of account holders.
(The writer is a well-known development professional of international repute. The views expressed are personal.)
Make no mistake, there will be problems that will emerge during the deployment of various vaccine candidates for the 1.3 billion Indians. That is why the Health Ministry is wisely asking all State Governments to conduct dry runs on select frontline and healthcare workers so that the problems and, more importantly, bottlenecks — whether those are in storage or distribution, or even the process of injecting millions of people expeditiously — can be identified and rectified before the large-scale deployment actually begins. To this end, Saturday saw a nationwide rehearsal to discover and plug the loopholes, if any. Across India, the dry run was conducted at 259 sites in 116 districts with nearly 96,000 trained vaccinators. However, it would be prudent to understand that not all problems can and will be recognised at the moment, and some might emerge later on, including that of people having adverse reaction to the vaccinations. That is why Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself spoke out and warned Indians to not fall prey to misinformation about the vaccination programme. Even Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan assured the nation that the Government would not compromise on any protocol in approving a vaccine and appealed to people not to be misguided by rumours regarding the safety and efficacy of the shots. In the years past, we have seen how the misinformation about polio drops, specifically within a particular community, delayed the roll-out of the anti-polio programme. That said, we should take heart from the overall success of the polio campaign in the 2000s. This time, though, we don’t have either the luxury of time or the need to inoculate just a small proportion of the population. Even if only those particularly susceptible are inoculated first — including frontline health workers, police staff and municipal workers in addition to the Armed Forces — one is talking tens of millions of doses just in India’s metropolitan areas.
There will be a steady stream of stories of people who will be denied the vaccine due to the lack of appropriate paperwork; there will be other stories of corruption in the process and there will be stories of unbelievable ineptitude and there might even be stories about deaths due to adverse reaction to the vaccines. Some of these stories will attack the foundations of the vaccination programme, some might even attack the vaccines themselves. Some of these stories will need to be told but we should read and watch such stories with our eyes and ears open and use our brains to sift out some of the ridiculous claims. We have for years cribbed and whined about fake news and how that phenomenon is impacting democracy, but fake news and misinformation in the case of healthcare can be fatal. Not only should technology majors such as Facebook and Google do their utmost to curb such bits of misinformation, the media companies will have to exercise extreme editorial restraint, of the sort they do during wartime, and the Government must keep an eye out on the information flow. This should not be misconstrued, although it will be by some, as an attack on the media. But if we want a successful vaccination programme and return to some sense of normalcy, this is essential. We wish the Union Health Ministry, the various pharmaceutical companies producing the vaccines and the State Governments deploying the vaccines, the very best of luck going into the dry run. We also hope and pray that there are no untoward incidents and all unforeseen hiccups can be dealt with promptly. All of us need and want the dry run to be a success so that the big job of vaccinating millions of Indians can start as soon as possible.
(Courtesy: The Pioneer)
New Delhi, Dec 28 (IANSlife) That a hair transplant procedure is as painful as any other surgical process is a myth, points out Dr Pradeep Sethi, Hair Transplant Surgeon at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi and Managing Director Eugenix Hair Sciences.
Many people think that the procedure might result in regular headache or migraines which is also untrue, clears Dr Arika Bansal, Hair Transplant surgeon, AIIMS New Delhi.
IANSlife spoke to the experts who bust all the myths around hair transplant and point to the facts. Read on:
The procedure needs to be retouched or done again and again -- It will always remain intact once done, only if done by a highly experienced professional. One may lose hair in a different region where the procedure has not been done and might require transplantation for the same.
People cannot get hair transplantation after a certain age -- Advancing age is never a problem as long as there is good blood flow in scalp region and if the person is not suffering from any uncontrolled pre-existing health condition.
Donor can be anyone - Wrong. Only your own hair can be transplanted on you.
Hair doesn't grow any longer than the grafted length -- Once the hair is grafted, it becomes as natural as your existing hair. You can do whatever you want at your will. It can be shaved, dyed, treated, etc. and will come back to its originality with growth. Hence, you can grow your hair as long as you want without any further treatment or procedures.
The procedure may cause cancer -- There is no relation to cancer at all. The transplant doesn't cause any health conditions
There are lifelong scars after the procedure -- There are rarely any chest extraction cases that leave scars on patients. Scars are generally not seen on the scalp if extracted in a proper manner. Whereas, any break in skin leaves a scar which are generally lifelong, if done by an expert, there will hardly be any visible scarring.
The hair transplantation procedure is temporary -- There is nothing temporary about the procedure, the characteristics of the transplanted hair might change with age like greying of hair but otherwise, it remains as is life long without any losses.
A person can differentiate between natural hair and those transplanted -- If done by a highly experienced professional, an onlooker cannot make out if the hair has been transplanted or if its natural. It is recommended one researchs' properly before opting for the procedure as it depends entirely on the person who performs it.
The process is very painful -- There is a misconception for the hair transplant procedure to be painful like every other surgical process, which is absolutely untrue. The procedure is initiated with inducing local anesthesia which is a pinprick with a very fine needle following which the procedure of transplant is absolutely painless and doesn't cause even slightest of discomfort.
Causes headaches and Migraine -- Many people think that the procedure might result in regular headache or migraines which is again untrue. There has never been a case as such where people who have had the procedure complained anything as such.
Will lack density -- No, the hair is nice and dense. It will be thick and healthy, but we cannot match nature in its density.
Hair cannot be implanted on scarred tissue -- Hair can only be transplanted on regions with ideal blood supply. As long as the scar is completely remodulated and has an optimal blood supply, it can be grafted upon as they will grow naturally.
The procedure is done with cut and stitch technique -- The old cut and stitch technique has now been replaced by an entirely modernised procedure with absolute precision. Now individual grafts are extracted by modern aided equipment.
The transplanted hair will develop into scalp hair characteristics -- The body hair grafted onto scalp during the transplantation procedure will retain its own nature while the rest of the features remaining as it is.
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India on Friday logged 23,067 fresh Covid-19 infections taking the total number of cases to 1,01,46,845, along with 336 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the tally of fatalities to 1,47,092, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.
As many as 97,17,834 people have recovered, with 24,661 recovering in the last 24 hours. There are 2,81,919 active cases. The recovery rate stands at 95.75 per cent while the fatality rate is 1.45 per cent.
A total of 16,63,05,762 samples have been tested for Covid-19 till now. Of these, 9,97,396 samples were tested on Thursday, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said.
Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit state till date with 19.1 lakh cases. Over 70 per cent of the daily new cases are being reported by 10 states and union territory -- Kerala, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Gujarat and Delhi.
Over 75 per cent of the deaths are being reported from Maharashtra, West Bengal, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka.
A new strain of the Covid-19 virus has appeared in the UK. The mutant is said to be 70 per cent more aggressive, according to reports. Flights and other forms of transport to and from the UK are being shut down
The Uttar Pradesh government has sounded an alert in the state after reports of a new mutated strain of Corona virus having emerged in UK.
Additional chief secretary, information, Navneet Sehgal, has said that the government is monitoring the situation closely.
"Already, government has stopped all flights from UK as a precautionary measure, while the Uttar Pradesh government was also monitoring the situation. We appeal to the people not to let down their guard and continue to follow all safety protocols," he said.
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath has directed officials to continue with aggressive testing, tracking and treatment and said that there should be no laxity in ensuring safety protocols.
Additional chief secretary, health, Amit Mohan Prasad, meanwhile, said that the recovery rate of Covid-19 patients the state has gone up to 95.65 per cent.
The total casualty due to the virus so far is over 8,200.
He said that around 4.91 lakh health department teams have visited 1.76 lakh areas by reaching 3.05 crore houses and checking the health of over 14.92 crore people.