The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh (UP) has banned Corona 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 be 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.
(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)
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