As per records, 2,25,312 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, a huge chunk of which deployed the RT-PCR technique.
Amidst the current scenario of ballooning infection rates in the state, Uttar Pradesh has marked a remarkable feat by conducting more than 4 crore COVID tests till now. While the count is the highest amongst all states of the country, the administration still needs to execute more measures for amplifying testing in the territory. As per records, 2,25,312 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, a huge chunk of which deployed the RT-PCR technique.
Fuelling the tactic of 'Test, Trace and Treat'
Aiming to augment the diagnostic facilities in the state, the Uttar Pradesh government has placed orders for 40 new RT-PCR testing machines. Given the higher accuracy of this method, the CM has instructed the state officials to conduct maximum tests using this technique so that the infected individuals can be spotted quickly and efficiently.
According to the spokesman, "The Chief Minister has always emphasised on the mantra of 'Test, Trace and Treat'. The strategy of conducting a door-to-door survey by surveillance teams, intensifying vaccination and doubling the testing capacity in the state, is yielding good results. The government has reached out to around 21 crore people out of the total population of 24 crores in the state."
Uttar Pradesh amongst the frontrunners in COVID vaccination drives
With an objective to prevent an accelerated hike in infections, the authorities have converged their focus on increasing the immunisation schedules in the state. As of now, a total of 1,19,47,728 vaccine jabs have been given to the residents in the state. While 98,83,945 beneficiaries have received the first jab, 20,63,783 individuals have completed the entire process of inoculation with two jabs.
Now, the state is preparing for the upcoming mass vaccination drive. In accordance with the announcement of the central government, immunisation programs for all citizens over the age of 18 will be started on May 1. For this, the state government has ordered nearly 1 crore vaccine doses of Covaxin and Covishield.
- With Inputs from IANS