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UP clocks record 2.97L tests, highest since Covid outbreak

LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh registered testing of 2,97,021 samples which was the highest in a day since the outbreak of the pandemic in March last year.
At least 30,983 people were tested Covid-19 positive, marginally up from Saturday’s 30,317 cases.
The number of recoveries stood at 36,650 which was higher than the number of fresh cases. As many as 290 people succumbed to the virus in the last 24 hours taking the total death toll to 13,162 since the outbreak of pandemic.
Additional chief secretary, medical and health, Amit Mohan Prasad said out of the total tests, 1.28 lakh were done through RT-PCR. Till date, more than 4.13 crore tests have been done by the state government.
The bulletin issued by the health department showed that Lucknow continued to top the chart with 3,342 cases in 24 hours. The number of people getting discharged from hospital after recovery stood at 5,417. Lucknow recorded maximum 25 deaths, followed by Kanpur (21) which recorded 1,357 fresh cases. In Varanasi, at least 16 people lost battle to the virus.
Prasad said the state had 2,95,752 active cases of which 2,41,305 patients were in home isolation who were being provided medicines by the health department. He said patients could reach out to their respective command centres if they have not received medicines.
Meanwhile, as many as 1,03,54,904 people have received first dose of vaccine till date. Out of these, 23,74,880 people have received both the doses.
“Vaccination of people in the age group of 18-44 years will be carried out in all districts once testing of vaccination software is over. Currently, vaccination of this age group is being done in seven districts of the state,” Prasad said.

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