On Monday, an official of the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) said that eight more people have died in Uttar Pradesh due to the deadly coronavirus disease, taking the total death toll to 169. Meanwhile, 229 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours.
Now, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state has reached 6,497, Vikasendu Agrawal, State Surveillance Officer, IDSP, said in a statement.
“Of the eight deaths, two were reported from Meerut and one each from Basti, Sant Kabir Nagar, Pratapgarh, Gorakhpur, Bareilly and Etawah,” Agrawal said.
Out of the fresh coronavirus cases, 19 were reported from Rampur, 16 each from Basti and Ballia, 13 each from Varanasi and Gorakhpur, and 10 cases were reported from Firozabad, he said.
Of the total 6,497 cases, 3,660 patients have been discharged from hospitals in the state, while the count of active cases stands at 2,668, the statement said. Of the 169 deaths reported in Uttar Pradesh, Agra leads the tally with 33 fatalities, followed by 22 in Meerut, 12 in Aligarh, 11 each in Kanpur Nagar and Moradabad, and eight in Firozabad, it added.
Talking at a press briefing, Principal Secretary, Medical and Health, Amit Mohan Prasad said pool testing of 936 samples was undertaken.
“With migrants returning to the state, the positive outcome in the pool testing has increased. Overall positive outcome has also gone up. Hence, we are insisting that the migrant labourers who have come should undertake 21-day home quarantine. This will help in curbing the spread of the infection in the society,” Prasad told reporters.
He also added that people arriving through air travelling will have to go into a mandatory home-quarantine for 14 days.
“On the sixth day from their arrival, one can get themselves tested, and if they are negative for Covid-19, their home-quarantine will be ended,” he added.