72-hour prior RTPCR negative report mandatory for visitors to Mussoorie

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Visitors to Mussoorie must carry a 72-hour prior RT-PCR negative report, said Dehradun District Magistrate R Rajesh Kumar on Thursday.

Kumar said, “Testing is also being done at the borders of the district. Given the standard operating procedures, the number of tourists in Mussoorie on weekends has also been restricted, and only 15,000 people can visit. The visitors must carry 72-hour prior RTPCR negative report.”

He also said that oxygen storage in government and non-government hospitals along with the number of ICU beds has been increased.

“After the second wave, 700 ICU beds have been increased in the Dehradun district and now 879 ICU beds, Niko beds 252 and Eco beds 226 are there in the entire district,” informed Kumar.

“At present, 1400 Oxygen concentrators are available in the district along with seven thousand liters of the manifold which supplies oxygen is also available in CHCs and sub-district hospitals. Ten thousand liters of cryogenic tanks in the district hospitals, 10 thousand liters in Doon Hospital in Dehradun, and 30 thousand liters in AIIMS Rishikesh are available. Apart from this, monitoring of private hospitals is being done continuously,” he added.

Kumar also said the district administration has been emphasizing vaccination. Ninety-five percent of people have got their first vaccine dose in the 45+ age group and 83 percent in the 18 to 44 age group.

He further added that permission is also being given to new labs for testing and those who are not following social distancing or not wearing masks are being summoned by the police.

Dr. Ashok Kumar, Head of Department (HOD) and Child Specialist in Doon Medical College, said, “we are fully prepared with all the equipment for the third wave. We have a total number of 205 beds for pediatrics”.

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