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With 67 fresh deaths, toll reaches 9,376 in state; Lucknow worst hit with 5,433 new cases, 14 deaths; traders to shut shops for three days
Lucknow: The Covid-19 pandemic has broken all previous records in Uttar Pradesh, clocking a 20,510 patient-count on Wednesday. The state also reported 67 deaths. The positivity rate has pushed the state figures to a worrying 7,44,021.
The extreme pressure being exerted by the uncontrolled patient-count has pressed the state’s medical fraternity against the walls as the state gasps for breath.
All the hospitals dedicated for Covid-19 patients across UP are swamping with people being diagnosed with the virus-hit disease, while there are thousands who are running from pillar to post to find a mere bed in any government or private hospitals.
The unprecedented rise of Covid-19 cases has also left exposed the state’s tall claims of medical infrastructure being available in good numbers.
In Lucknow, people are living in utmost fear as the medical facilities are on the brink of a collapse, if not already the case.
The city reported 5,433 cases with 14 deaths on Wednesday. Such is the situation in Lucknow that traders in the heart of the city Hazratganj and Aminabad have decided to voluntarily lockdown the markets for the next three days beginning Thursday.
Similarly, oxygen supplies too seem to be nearing an end in many hospitals. The stocks of mighty effective Remdesivir injections too have dried up as the government rushes for help from other states.
In the state, 9,376 people have died till date from the infection, ACS (Health) Amit Mohan Prasad said Wednesday.
“In last 24 hours, 20,510 fresh cases were reported while 4,517 people were discharged in this period,” he said, adding that the state currently has 1,11,835 active cases.