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Covid claims 40 lives in 24 hrs in Uttar Pradesh

LUCKNOW: Covid-19 has claimed 40 lives in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of deaths to 8,964 on Thursday. Going by the official bulletin on Covid-19, this is 1.7 times of the number of deaths reported in March.
Consider this: as many as 87 persons died due to the complications caused by the coronavirus in March whereas 153 persons have lost their life to the pandemic infection in the first seven days of April. Clearly, the jump in loss of lives is 75.86%.
Alarmed over such rapid loss of lives, experts noted that the key to check the spread of pandemic virus, disease and deaths was in the hands of the people.
“Viruses change as they circulate, and these changes may alter the virus characteristics. It’s key to stop the spread of the virus at its source: maintain hand hygiene, physical distancing, masking and all other measures to reduce transmission,” said Dr Madhup Bajpai, WHO regional team leader for UP field office.
Meanwhile, the number of Covid-19 cases continued to increase. As many as 6,023 new cases in the past 24 hours took the tally to 6,45,351. The daily average of cases is comparable to the situation in the first week of September.
The gap between new cases and new recoveries continued to remain high which added to the number of active infections. While 1,484 recoveries were recorded in the past 24 hours the number of active cases went up to 31,987. The jump in active cases was about 16% from the previous day.
Health officials stated that over 12,000 persons were undergoing treatment at government and private hospitals, while the remaining are under home isolation.
Additional chief secretary, health and family welfare, Amit Mohan Prasad urged people to follow Covid-19 prevention protocol in individual and general interest.

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