Amidst the rise of corona virus cases in the country, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) will set up two dedicated Covid-19 facilities in Lucknow with nearly 600 beds.
The decision has come after a meeting chaired over by Defence Minister Rajasthan Singh who also is the MP as Lucknow has emerged as a hotspot of Covid-19 in the second wave of pandemic.
The city has recorded more than 35,000 active cases. Lucknow is among 10 districts of the state that are worst affected by the virus. The state government has already imposed sweeping restrictions in Lucknow, Noida, Ghaziabad and other districts to contain the spread of infection.
The DRDO will set up the makeshift hospitals here on its own cost and will also provide beds and oxygen. These hospitals will be constructed on two different places in the city on a mission mode.
In another incident a letter of state minister Brajesh Pathak had surface online wherein he had criticised the health authorities over non-availability of beds for Covid-19 patients and shortage of ambulances in Lucknow. He had also said that lockdown could be imposed in Lucknow if immediate measures are not taken.
Earlier on Thursday, the Uttar Pradesh government extended existing night curfew timings in several cities including the capital Lucknow. Night curfew will remain in place from 8 PM to 7 AM.
Uttar Pradesh reported 20,510 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours on Thursday, taking the number of active cases in the state to 1,11,835.
Also, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday ordered the establishment of a 1,000-bed makeshift COVID hospital in Lucknow amidst the rising cases in city.