The Covid control mechanism in Uttar Pradesh got a shot in the arm with 41 districts becoming free of the deadly viral infection with active and new cases coming down to zero.
The drop in fresh and active cases in Amroha, Ayodhya, Budaun, Baghpat, Ballia, Basti, Bahraich, Bhadohi, Bijnor, Chandauli, Chitrakoot, Deoria, Etah, Etawah, Farrukhabad, Fatehpur, Ghazipur, Gonda, Hamirpur, Hapur, Hardoi, Hathras, Jaunpur, Kanpur Dehat, Kasganj, Kushinagar, Lakhimpur Kheri, Lalitpur, Mahoba, Mainpuri, Mau, Mirzapur, Rampur, Sant Kabir Nagar, Shamli, Shravasti, Siddharthnagar, Sitapur, Sonbhadra, Sultanpur and Unnao, indicated complete elimination of coronavirus from over 54 per cent districts of UP.
In what comes as another relief, none of the 75 districts of the state reported fresh cases of coronavirus infection in double digits lately. Indicating signs that the dangerous virus was indeed receding from the state, as many as 67 districts reported no COVID-19 case in the last 24 hours.
The active Covid caseload in the most populous state that was at a high of 3.10 lakh cases in April has been reduced to 135 now, whereas states like Kerala and Maharashtra account for a heavy active caseload of 97,694 and nearly 30,000, respectively.
The infection transmission level in the state has been brought down by restricting fresh cases below 50 for over two consecutive months.
Out of over 1.71 lakh samples tested in the last 24 hours, 14 tested positive for coronavirus infection while in the corresponding period, another 15 COVID-19 patients recovered from the infection, taking the tally of recovered patients to 16.86 lakh.
Due to proactive measures such as the aggressive 'Trace, Test & Treat' and prevention through vaccination and partial Covid curfew to eradicate the pandemic, the positivity rate has slumped to lower than 0.01 per cent.
Scaling up stringent testing mechanism, the state has managed to break the coronavirus chain with effective protocols in place, and by sticking to the time-tested strategy of case isolation and contact-tracing, combined with an alert community surveillance system.
Over 17 per cent of UP’s population eligible for Covid vaccination has taken both doses of the vaccine so far. The state has administered over 11.75 crore vaccine doses to become the top state in the country. In addition, the state has also achieved the landmark of administering the first dose of the Covid vaccine to over 62 per cent of eligible adult population. On the other hand, Maharashtra trails with nine crore vaccine doses delivered so far.