Uttar Pradesh only state to conduct over 7.5 crore Covid-19 tests | Lucknow News – Times of India

LUCKNOW: In a record of sorts, Uttar Pradesh has become the first and only state in the country to have conducted over 7.51 crore Covid-19 tests.
An official statement said that more than 1.80 lakh tests conducted in the past 24 hours took the total number of Covid-19 tests in the state to 7,51,27,089.
Of the total tests, more than 45% were done through the RT-PCR method which is the gold standard in coronavirus detection.
On a national scale, this is nearly 14% of the total tests done in the country. The Indian Council of Medical Research indicates that 54.30 crore Covid-19 tests have been undertaken in India since the pandemic hit.
Additional chief secretary, information, Navneet Sehgal said that testing has been the mainstay of UP’s strategy to combat the pandemic. The aggressive testing helped in combing out the hidden cases and nipping the risk of spread in the budding stage.
He also said that UP has maintained an average of nearly two crore tests per day despite sustained decline in the number of daily cases.
Officials at state health and medical education departments said that over 500 labs in the government and the private sector are undertaking Covid-19 tests in UP.
The government conducts Covid-19 tests at all entry points in the state.
14 new cases, 10 recoveries in UP in 24 hours
Meanwhile, 14 new cases and 10 recoveries were recorded in the state in the past 24 hours. With this, the total number of cases in the state reached 1709555 of which 16,86,497 have recovered. This speaks for a recovery rate of over 98.7%.
Upon adjustment, the state was left with just 175 active cases of which 52.7 % are in eight districts. Also, 33 districts in the state have zero active case and have been declared Covid-19 free.
Though no death was reported in the past 24 hours and the Covid-19 toll for the state remained static at 22,883, health officials urged people to follow prevention protocol and get themselves vaccinated to keep the trouble away.

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