Awanish K Awasthi (Photo Credit: ANI)
Sixty-seven more people tested positive for coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh on Monday, pushing the count to 550 in the state, senior government officials said. So far, the state has reported five deaths, one each in Basti, Meerut, Bulandshahr, Varnasi and Agra.
Additional Chief Secretary (Information) Awanish Awasthi said 80 to 85 per cent of the cases have been reported from identified hotspots. "The total positive cases in the state are 550. So far, 47 patients have fully recovered and discharged,? Principal Secretary (Health) Amit Mohan Prasad told reporters.
62 hotspots have been identified in other 25 districts. 1,62,664 houses have been identified here with the presence of 9,50,828 people in these areas. 80 positive cases found here: Awanish K Awasthi, Additional Chief Secretary, Home Department #COVID19 https://t.co/8cfPkGoZk6— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 13, 2020
He said there has been an improvement in the sampling mechanism in the state. "On Sunday the maximum 1,980 samples were tested. Now, we are collecting about 2,000 samples a day," he said.