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UP Covid: No let-up in surge, new discharge norms shoot up recoveries

According to the state Health Department's bulletin, UP recorded 38,055 new cases of Covid infection and 223 deaths in the past 24 hours – both highest since the pandemic broke out last March.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow |
Updated: April 25, 2021 4:41:48 am
Covid patient with oxygen support at a hospital in Lucknow. (Express Photo by Vishal Srivastava)

The alarming trend of new daily records of fresh Covid-19 cases and deaths continued on Saturday in Uttar Pradesh, taking the number of active cases to close to 2.89 lakh.

According to the state Health Department’s bulletin, UP recorded 38,055 new cases of Covid infection and 223 deaths in the past 24 hours – both highest since the pandemic broke out last March.

Of the 2,88,144 active cases, around 80 per cent are in home isolation, the government said.

As per the bulletin, the death toll reached 10,959 with 2,148 of them being reported in April alone. Among the fresh deaths, 42 were reported in Lucknow, 15 in Prayagraj, 13 in Kanpur Nagar, 11 in Agra and 10 each in Varanasi and Ghaziabad, the bulletin said.

Lucknow also accounted for a maximum of 5,461 fresh cases, followed by Varanasi (2,786), Kanpur (2,044), Meerut (1,745), Prayagraj (1,468), Moradabad (1,351), Gorakhpur (1,344) and Bareilly (1,024).

Meanwhile, with the government changing the norms for the discharge of Covid patients, the number of recoveries shot up to 23,231. Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Amit Mohan Prasad said under the new discharge norm, if the doctor was confident that a patient is healthy and can now stay at home, the doctor can discharge the patient.

“Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, these numbers of recoveries come as a matter of happiness. I also request the people to handle this situation very patiently as together we can overcome this pandemic soon,” Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said.

He directed officials that hospitals to make public the details of availability of beds twice a day.

He also instructed that details of beds should be uploaded on the website of the Integrated Control and Command Centre. The CM also said that the second wave of the pandemic was “30 times” more infectious than the first one.

Claiming that the state has no shortage of oxygen, the government said that not more than 5 per cent of the patients need oxygen support.

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