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Uttar Pradesh scales up testing, over 7 lakh tests conducted in June

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Uttar Pradesh scales up testing, over 7 lakh tests conducted in June 1

NEW DELHI: Uttar Pradesh has stepped up testing in June and has crossed a total of seven lakh tests on Monday, more than doubling the testing numbers as recorded on May 31. It has also been keeping the number of deaths and active cases low –– afact praised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

UP is now the fifth state to do more than seven lakh tests after Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan. UP conducted 22,378 tests on Sunday, UPs principal secretary (health) Amit Mohan Prasad said. Only 8,011 samples were tested daily as on June 1, the state’s health bulletins show. Against 7.07 lakh tests as on date, UP had tested only 2.97 lakh people as on June 1. So the total testing number has risen by over four lakh in about four weeks in UP.

“We are almost at 3,000 tests per million population now and aim to reach the national average of over 4,000 tests per million by mid- July. The daily testing capacity is being increased further to reach 30,000 tests in July and we have 42 testing labs operational now,” a senior UP government official told ET.

Both RT-PCR and antigen tests are being done along with the widespread use of TrueNat machines. The Yogi Adityanath government has drawn much criticism for the low testing rate per million population with the opposition questioning the same. UP’s overall test positivity rate has remained constant at around 3% (3.2% presently), well below the national average of 6.5% UP is also devising a special strategy for the Meerut division, comprising the worst-affected Meerut, Gautambudh Nagar (Noida) and Ghaziabad districts, to step up testing levels and surveillance here.

Yogi Adityanath has ordered a special drive in the entire division from July 1 to 7 under which medical screening of every household would be done at the gram panchayat and ward level by officials equipped with infra-red thermometer and Pulse Oximeters. The CM has ordered that rapid antigen test of those who they suspect to have contracted the virus should be done and those infected should be admitted to Covid hospitals.

These three districts have so far seen nearly 4,800 cases and around 160 deaths. These three districts have nearly 2,000 active cases of the total 22,828 cases, 672 deaths and 6,650 active cases in UP. The CM has also ordered capacity enhancement at Covid hospitals of all districts in Meerut division. Senior officials have been deputed from Lucknow to every division in UP to oversee testing and admissions.

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