Gyms to be closed, hotels to operate at 50% capacity in Agra | Agra News

Agra: With the number of new Covid-19 cases increasing every day in Agra and expected to exceed over 1,000 active cases, the district administration will close gymnasiums until further notice and impose restrictions on hotels, restaurants and theaters . The day saw 236 new cases of Covid-19, the highest in seven months, bringing the number of active cases to 979 in the district. However, the recovery rate fell below 95%.
District Magistrate Prabhu N Singh said: “The number of Covid-19 cases is increasing rapidly and active cases in the district are expected to cross the 1,000 mark on Monday. To prevent further spread of the virus, we will need to ensure that hotels, restaurants and theaters operate at 50% capacity. Gyms will be closed. No public demonstration can take place. Detailed orders will be issued in this regard. Strict measures will be taken against those who violate the Covid-19 protocol. »
Although not surprised by the decision, Agra Hotel and Restaurant Owners Association Chairman Ramesh Wadhwa said they have yet to recover from the losses suffered due to the first and second wave of Covid-19.
Around 5 lakh people are associated with the tourism industry in Agra. “With orders operating at 50% capacity, hotel and restaurant owners will have no choice but to cut labor by 50%,” Wadhwa said. He called on the government to heed the difficulties and financial difficulties the industry has been facing for the past two years and help it by offering concessions and compensation. A gym owner, Manjeet Singh, said: “We are following all required Covid-19 precautions. We are willing to operate with some restrictions but it is unfair to close gyms. Most gym owners have accumulated debt. The government should either provide us with financial assistance or allow us to operate with the required preventive measures. In the past 48 hours, 407 cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the district. On Sunday, Rajya Sabha MP Haridwar Dubey tested positive for Covid-19 for the second time. Previously, he tested positive in April. He is fully vaccinated. He was referred to Delhi for treatment.
Agra District Chief Medical Officer Dr AK Srivastava said: “Most of the 236 people who tested positive in the past 24 hours are asymptomatic. Samples from their family members and close contacts were collected for the RT-PCR test. The source of concern is the drop in the recovery rate from 98.1% on January 1 to 94.62% in just nine days. On Sunday, the sample positivity rate in Agra rose to 1.17%, he added. As of March 2, 2020, no less than 26,761 people have tested positive in Agra district. Of these, 25,323 have recovered while 458 people have succumbed to the virus.


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