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PATNA: Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday said his government would increase the testing rate for Covid-19 in view of the recent spike in the cases in some parts of the country, even though the situation in Bihar was not as alarming.
Talking to reporters about the meeting with PM Narendra Modi on the pandemic on Wednesday, Nitish, however, ruled out measures like closure of schools and colleges. “At the meeting with the PM, chief ministers of states reeling from a fresh spike made their statements. Fortunately, in Bihar the situation is not that bad,” he said.
Nonetheless, it has been decided to increase the testing rate to around 70,000, as it had dipped to less than 50,000 samples per day in the state. The emphasis will be on RT-PCR, Nitish said.
Nitish said he will hold a review meeting with senior officials and all the district magistrates on Saturday to check Covid-19 situation and preparedness in view of expected inflow of people during Holi from states with high infection rate. On Wednesday, 58 new Covid-19 cases were registered in Bihar.
The CM said the state government was on alert and keeping vigil on people coming from other states and several people were being detected Covid-19 positive. However, he added the situation was under control in Bihar.
“No, we see no reason now to order closure of schools and colleges. Of course, some restrictions have been placed on holding Holi Milan programmes because at such festive gatherings it becomes difficult to follow measures like wearing of masks and social distancing. That is not the case with educational institutions,” he said in reply to a query.
Meanwhile, two Covid-19 positive people were detected during a random check in a train which had come from Punjab to Gaya and two other positive cases were detected in a bus near Sheohar. It was also coming from Punjab, health department principal secretary Pratyaya Amrit said.
Total 58,385 doses of vaccines were administered on Wednesday. The beneficiaries included 38,829 senior citizens and 6,353 above 45 years with comorbidities.

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