Witnessing the trough in the number of fresh coronavirus cases, Uttar Pradesh recorded only 25 positive cases on Monday, making it the lowest daily case count for the state while no death due to the viral infection was reported in the state for three consecutive days.
The continuing downward trend resulted in the drop in daily Covid test positivity rate (TPR) -- the number of positive cases against the total tests done -- to 0.01 per cent, which was the lowest in the country.
On April 24, this rate was at its peak at 16.84 per cent and now remains even lower than the lowest post-first wave of COVID-19.
The number of active cases now stands at 646, coming down by over 99 per cent from its peak capped at 3,10,783 cases on April 30.
Expressing satisfaction over the situation, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said at a high-level Covid review meeting in Lucknow on Monday, “The state is now left with merely 646 active Covid cases. The decline has been over 99 per cent since the peak, which recorded 3.10 lakh cases on April 30. We must continue with a better system of prevention and treatment to break the chain of coronavirus infection.”
Meanwhile, Additional Chief Secretary (Information) Navneet Sehgal told media persons on Monday, “With 11 districts of the state namely, Aligarh, Amroha, Budaun, Etah, Farrukhabad, Hathras, Kasganj, Kaushambi, Mahoba, Pratapgarh and Shravasti, adding to Uttar Pradesh’s success in bringing down the Covid curve, the state’s recovery rate too has climbed up to a remarkable 98.6 per cent. Ramping up daily testing to detect the virus helped in the fight against the second wave of COVID-19. True to the spirit of 'trace, test, and treat' policy, as many as 2.38 lakh samples were tested in the last 24 hours, of which nearly 1.25 lakh were RT PCR examinations.”
Sehgal said that out of the 6,700 paediatric intensive care unit (PICUs) to be established in medical colleges across Uttar Pradesh till August 15, as many as 6,572 had already been set up and the state government was imparting training to doctors and paramedical staff for preparing them to fight a possible third wave of COVID-19.
“As many as 14,534 doctors are getting special training and a programme of providing skill training is being conducted, under which, a total of 9,000 paramedical staff, nurses, and technicians are being trained,” he said.