With 262 new coronavirus cases reported on Saturday, the total number of infections in Uttar Pradesh mounted to 7,701. The death toll in the state has reached 213, while the active cases tally has touched 2,837.
Meanwhile, 241 patients were declared recovered and simultaneously discharged from hospital on Saturday, increasing the total discharged cases to 4,651.
A maximum of 43 new coronavirus cases were reported in Amethi in the last 24 hours, taking the district’s total to 132.
In Uttar Pradesh, Agra continues to be the worst-hit district with 875 coronavirus cases followed by Meerut(424), Noida (409), Lucknow (370), Kanpur (367), Ghaziabad (295), Saharanpur (257) and Firozabad (254) as of now, according to latest state health department data.
Enhanced testing facility
In a major relief for the Yogi Adityanath government, the total number of discharged cases is now significantly higher than the active cases of coronavirus in the state.
When UP reported it’s first coronavirus case, it had no testing lab and presently, there are 30 labs in the state. 8,000 people are being tested everyday and over 2.36 lakh people have been tested so far.
Maximum 9,910 samples were tested on Thursday, the highest in the state till now.
The state has over 78,000 Covid-19 beds at present against the set target of 1 lakh given by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister to health officials by May end.
According to the state health department data, the first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus case in the state was reported on March 4 in Ghaziabad. A middle-aged man with travel history to Iran had tested positive. Till then, the state had no testing lab and all samples were being sent to National Institute of Virology in Pune for testing.
By March 7, the testing facility started at the King George Medical University (KGMU) in Lucknow and Benaras Hindu University (BHU) in Varanasi.
The third testing lab was opened at the JLNMC in Aligarh and by March 15, UP had five laboratories and the testing size increased to over 750 samples per day.
By March-end, the testing increased to over 1,500 samples per day and the testing labs to seven.
On March 31, there were 116 active Covid-19 cases, including two death — one each in Meerut and Basti.
“By April 10, total 13 labs for testing Covid-19 samples were operating in UP including those which received approval –Prayagraj, Sarojini Naidu Medical College (SNMC) in Agra, a super speciality hospital in Noida, Ram Manohar Lohiya Institute of Medical Sciences in Lucknow and IVRI in Bareilly.
The testing capacity increased to over 2,000 samples per day.
“By the end of April, the testing capacity per day in UP increased to over 4,000 per day. The total number of cases on April 30 was 2,211, including 40 deaths,” according to the state government.
The testing labs in UP increased to over 20 in May and the testing per day increased to over 6,000 samples by May 15.
At least 8,000 patients are being tested every day
As per the information given by the state government, at least 8,000 patients are being tested every day in the state and since the Covid-19 outbreak, over 2, 36, 000 samples have been tested.
The government is also working on increasing Covid-19 testing centres to every district and a proposal is being prepared which will be sent to the centre for assistance.
There are 336 level-1 hospitals in UP with 50, 105 beds, 75 level-2 hospitals with 16, 212 beds and 25 level-3 hospitals with 12, 090 beds. L-1 hospitals are equipped with oxygen and L-2 are equipped with ventilators.
There are total 78,408 beds at present in Uttar Pradesh to tackle the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The government is aiming to increase total beds in the state to 1 lakh.
Over 3.69 crore people have been surveyed in 73 lakh homes by health department survey teams. There are 1,063 containment zones in UP.
Till date, samples of 64, 716 migrant workers have been taken out of which 2012 have tested positive for coronavirus.
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