Massive Covid Spike In UP: 7,695 New Cases And Four Deaths In 24-hours
Lucknow, January 9 (TNA) A massive surge has been reported from poll-bound Uttar Pradesh in the last 24-hours, with the state capital logging a huge 1115 cases out of the total of 7,695 fresh cases reported on Sunday. Four deaths have also been reported from UP.
According to a state government official, Noida, neighbouring Delhi, has recorded the maximum number of fresh Covid cases with 1149 new patients. Ghaziabad stands at third with 922 new cases. Meerut has reported 715 cases and one death as well.
Varanasi, the parliamentary constituency of prime minister Narendra Modi has also witnessed a spike, with 437 cases. Gorakhpur, the home city of chief minister Yogi Adityanath saw some 172 new Coronavirus cases. 16 districts of UP now have 100 plus cases. 40 districts of the 75 have double digit daily cases now.
Districts like Shrawasti (1), Kaushambi (3), Jalaun (4), Hamirpur (5), Mahoba (3), Sant Kabeer Nagar (4), Chitrakoot (1), Kanpur Dehat (3) and some others have restricted the number to single digit so far. Officials of the health department said more and more cases were being reported as aggresive testing was being done across the state.
The state goes to polls, in a seven-phased election for 403 assembly seats, from February 10. Like in other states, the vote count in UP will be on March 10. The Election Commission has for now banned public rallies, road shows and other poll-related events till January 15.
Depending on the siutuation, thereafter, a decision will be taken, chief election commissioner Suresh Chandra had said on Saturday. All schools in the state are closed till January 16 but its likely that the state government may extend this and prefer the online mode for a few more months.