By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, 22 Apr: District Magistrate Ashish Kumar Srivastava today disclosed that restrictions and relaxations for certain commercial activities in Dehradun city during the lockdown period were being enforced in accordance with the advisory issued by the Union Government. He also stated that the rapid testing for COVID-19 infection which had begun in Dehradun after receiving rapid testing kits had been stopped and postponed for two days as per the directions of the ICMR. Further action would be taken after the new guidelines were issued in this regard by the Government of India.
Certain states have reported that the rapid testing kits imported from China were showing errors and were faulty. Following this complaint, the Centre had late last evening asked the states to postpone the rapid testing of Corona infection for two days.
The District Magistrate also asked the officers and other personnel deployed for Corona related duties to avoid being felicitated at any ceremony and strictly observe social distancing norms. They ought to work with full precautions and safety gear as per the requirement.
The DM observed that a large number of persons from civil society and institutions were coming forward to provide and distribute cooked food as well as food-grains among the poor and destitute people. In addition, many persons were also involved in feeding stray animals at the individual level as well as with the cooperation of Animal Husbandry department. Srivastava said that 2359 beneficiaries withdrew funds from their Prime Minister Jan Dhan accounts which had been transferred to their accounts by the government. Today, mobile ATM vans were available in Azad Colony and Lakhibagh for the convenience of the public.