Lucknow: In contrast with what ground reports show, Uttar Pradesh is now being claimed to have somewhat freed itself from the clutches of deadly coronavirus with daily Covid case count recorded below the 10,000 mark, as claimed by state government on Monday.
As per the official bulletin, the case tally was 9,391, bringing UP back to the corona count of April first week. The data also showed Gorakhpur topping the list of new cases with 542 entries, followed by Lucknow, where 517 new cases were reported.
Meanwhile, there was a significant improvement in the number of recoveries, which was almost two-and-half times the new cases reported in past 24 hours. Data showed 23,045 persons defeated the infection in past 24 hours, taking the total number of patients healed to 14,62,141.
The improvement also reflected on the state’s overall recovery rate, which touched the 90% on Monday. Also, the number of active infections fell below 1.5 lakh mark and settled at 1,49,032.
Health officials stated the case count was falling even as the average number of tests remained the same. “Over 2.5 lakh tests were conducted in the past 24 hours,” said additional chief secretary information Navneet Sehgal. He also attributed the improvement in the Coronavirus situation to state’s aggressive strategy of testing, tracing and treating.
Covid-19 deaths, however, remained a cause of concern with 285 casualties, taking the total to 17,817 since the onset of the pandemic. Lucknow and Kanpur were the biggest contributors to the toll with 22 and 21 fatalities respectively. Ghaziabad and Saharanpur followed next with 11 deaths each.
Stating that strict measures, including partial lockdown and individual compliance of appropriate Covid behaviour brought the situation under control, Sehgal urged people to embrace the prevention protocol as a way of life.