Uttar Pradesh Becomes First State to have 1 Lakh Beds for COVID-19 Patients

Uttar Pradesh has become the first state in the country to have one lakh beds in its Covid-19 dedicated hospitals. Besides, the state is also planning to increase its testing capacity to 20,000 per day from only 10,000 at present.

The beds have been arranged in levels 1, 2 and 3 Covid hospitals across the state. The L-1 category hospitals are meant for Covid-19 positive patients, L-2 category for patients not having any complications and L-3 category is for those requiring critical care. However, looking at the current rates of infection,there is a probability that the state might not need so many beds. Uttar Pradesh now has 4,320 positive cases with 433 cases in the last 24 hours. The state has seen a total of 283 deaths so far.

U.P, the most populous state in the country has seen the maximum influx of migrant workers from different parts of the country after the lockdown was imposed. Hence, there, nevertheless, was a burden on private as well as public hospitals to test the returning migrants and arrange quarantine facilities for them. The state government had asked the private hospitals to take up maximum Covid-19 patients. However, the private hospitals are now given the permission to admit non-Covid patients.

As of 31st May, nearly 1,00,000 health department teams had surveyed and screened 39.4 million people in both containment and non-containment zones in the state. The state has tested a total of 13,236 samples which is the highest so far in the state and the health authorities are trying to bring the numbers up to 15,000 per day.

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Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) workers have tracked 13,79,136 migrant workers in the state out of which 1,299 are found symptomatic. Random sampling methods are also been done to check the rising cases in many districts. So far, the state authorities have screened 72 villages and all have tested negative.

Agra has the highest positive cases as well as the highest mortality rate of 24 out of 770 cases in the state. Lucknow has the highest recovery rate with 202 out of 248 recovered patients. The state also has the highest recovery rate among the top 10 most infected states in the world.

 

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