Agra: Days after the Centre hailed the Agra model of containment of COVID-19 spread, Agra's BJP mayor Naveen Jain has appealed to Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath to save the city of Taj from becoming another Wuhan

Even as coronavirus cases neared the 400-mark, in a letter written to the Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath on April 21, Jain lashed out at the district administration for its failure to check the rising number of cases.

In his letter, the mayor said, “Testing of people at quarantine centres does not take place for days together. Patients suffering from renal problems and other diseases have been dying as there is no arrangement for their treatment. The situation is very serious.”

“Nursing homes are not ready to admit expectant mothers. Family members of COVID-19 patients are forced to wait for many days to get tested. People of Agra are in a state of panic,” Jain told the media.

However, district magistrate Prabhu N Singh said that it was due to efforts of the district administration to implement the lockdown with a firm hand that a disastrous situation was averted.

“A scientific analysis of data by the district health department suggests that we have managed to significantly reduce the spread of coronavirus. In case there was no lockdown, there would have been at least 5,120 COVID-19 cases in the district,” he said.

On Sunday, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra tweeted support for Jain and cited his letter. She emphasised that transparency and testing were important to contain coronavirus spread.