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Total swab testing figure crossed 21 lakh in UP

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Lucknow, July 29: The rapid spread of coronavirus disease continues across the state of Uttar Pradesh. More than three thousand new infections are being reported daily in the state.

So far, 3,570 new cases were recorded in the last 24 hours. Earlier the number was 3,490 on Tuesday, 3,578 on Monday and 3,260 on Sunday. In this way, new cases of Covid-19 are posing a big challenge for the health department.

According to the state’s Additional Chief Secretary Medical and Health Amit Mohan Prasad, it is often seen that people are not wearing masks in rural and urban areas so this causes the risk of spreading of infection. Therefore, everyone must wear mask, otherwise those not applying mask will be fined 500.

Additional Chief Secretary Home Awanish Kumar Awasthi said that we are now trailing only Tamil Nadu in the Covid-19 screening. However, if we check samples from 1 lakh to 90 thousand on average each day, then we will come first in testing in the country. The total testing figures in the state have now crossed 21 lakh. So far, 21, 20,843 swab samples have been tested.

Additional Chief Secretary Home added that 3, 29,070 people have been identified in the state, out of which, 1, 57,992 have been booked under Section 188 of CrPC.

โ€œSo far 65,530 vehicles have been seized in intensive checking out of 1, 08, 57,760 vehicles in the state. A fine of Rs 54, 40, 77, 312 has been recovered during the checking operation. So far, 771 FIRs have been registered under the Essential Commodities Act against 1,033 black marketing and hoarding people,โ€ Awasthi informed.

He told that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has instructed that Covid-19 testing of those found suspicious in medical screening should be done through rapid antigen test. In view of this, availability of adequate number of rapid antigen test kits should be ensured in the state.

He informed that about 14 lakh people have been screened through door-to-door survey in Lucknow district itself.

โ€œThere have been more operations conducted in hospitals than in the previous year. Instructions have been given to spread the e-Sanjeevani online OPD service so that more and more needy people can get medical counselling from homeโ€, added ACS Home.

Awasthi said further that so far, more than 10 thousand people have received consultation with physicians through telemedicine on e-Sanjeevani portal. Medicines can also be taken from government hospitals on telemedicine prescription.