LUCKNOW: Breaking all previous records, 8,490 fresh cases of coronavirus were recorded in the past 24 hours in Uttar Pradesh.
The number surpassed the previous peak recorded in the state on September 11 with 7,042 cases.
Experts are concerned over two things. One, the new peak of 8,490 cases is already 20% higher than the previous one. Two, the number of new cases is doubling very fast. In fact, cases went up from around 4,000 to 8,000 in just four days.The new cases took state’s tally to 6.54 lakh on Thursday. Of the total cases, 6,06,063 have recovered, including 1,084 in the past 24 hours. Also, the death toll for state crossed 9,000 mark with 39 more deaths.
The surge in new cases reflected on the number of active infections which went up from about 31,000 on Wednesday to 39,338 on Thursday. Officials said the total active cases, 16,434, were in hospitals while the others were under home isolation.
Assessment of data indicated that 50% of the new cases came from just four districts — Lucknow, Prayagraj, Varanasi and Kanpur Nagar. Data shows that 37,210 cases were reported in UP between April 1- 8, of which 19,872 cases are from these four districts. Lucknow leads with 10,068 cases, followed by Prayagraj 4,396, Varanasi 3,565 and Kanpur 1,843 cases.
Calling the surge ‘unprecedented’ and ‘unfortunate’, experts associated the increase to failure of people to adhere to the Covid-19 preventions like wearing mask and social distancing. Some of them also attributed to lack of strictness by local administration to penalise people violating the protocols.
“The rise is alarming. Unless everyone joins the battle against the virus, the system will get distressed and finally collapse as even doctors and nurses are falling sick. Everyone will have to take the responsibility of one and ones closed one to keep trouble at bay,” said social activist Dr PK Gupta.
Additional chief secretary, health and family welfare, Amit Mohan Prasad said the rise in cases was a cause of concern and in the wake of surge, the testing and surveillance activity has been intensified. “More than two lakh tests were conducted in the past 24 hours and more than 86,000 samples received by the labs for RT PCR tests,” he said.
“More than 78 lakh doses of the vaccine have been administered in UP while focused vaccination is underway. Of the doses given, 11.79 lakh targeted beneficiaries have taken both the shots,” he said urging people to shun their fear and take the vaccine in individual and social interest.