Lucknow's new coronavirus infection tallies saw considerable fall in the last weekend with numbers falling from an average of 940 cases from week start to around 555 on Sunday. With this fall in the new infections and a remarkable rise in the recoveries, Lucknow has managed to arrest any positive growth of active cases for 8 consecutive days. Despite these lower fresh cases and increased discharges, Lucknow has long way to recover from the clutches of the coronavirus as Gomti Nagar and Indira Nagar continue to remain virus hotspots.
Lucknow has upgraded its testing capacities and around 4.5 lakh COVID tests have been conducted so far, which happens to be the highest among all other districts in Uttar Pradesh,. Following the state administration's directives, Lucknow has ramped up its testing facilities, yielding an 8.8% case positivity rate; that is, 8.8% of all 4.5 lakh samples are infected with the Coronavirus.
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You can now get yourself tested at any ICMR approved private pathology for the coronavirus without a doctor's prescription in Uttar Pradesh. The government has adopted the 'testing on-demand' method of screening in the state. This new liberalisation allows people to get a COVID test without a medical or doctor's prescription which was earlier instrumental in conducting tests.
The state government has adopted the guidelines issued by the Indian Council of Medical Research for this open-loop testing method where people only need to specify the reason for the test, instead of furnishing a self-declaration or a prescription.
Owing to the dynamic upsurge in the number of cases in the city, over 1000 cases a day, King George's Medical University has decided to open up a new dedicated COVID hospital in the Rehabilitation and Artificial Limb Centre. This 320-bed facility will be inaugurated by the Chief Minister on Monday evening and will boost up the medical and treatment facilities in the city, strengthening its defence against the virus.
Nearly 50 per cent of patients at Lucknow's Rajdhani Covid-19 Hospital (RCH) in Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) have been found to have diabetes as the comorbid condition. Patients with comorbidities are not only far more vulnerable to infection of the coronavirus but their weakened immunity also responds rather slowly to medical treatment and methods.