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Lucknow: Nearly 2,800 asymptomatic Covid positive patients have gone under home isolation in Uttar Pradesh since the state notified the rule on July 20 while it reported the highest single-day increase of 3,260 cases on Sunday.

Health minister Jai Pratap Singh told ET that with 85% cases reported being asymptomatic, home isolation is also expected to ease pressure on beds in Lucknow where cases are increasing rapidly. The state capital has emerged as a hotspot, with a total of 6,307 cases overwhelming the city’s medical infrastructure even as there is a total availability of 150,000 beds across the state and a total of only 23,921 active cases.

Principal secretary (health) Amit Mohan Prasad told ET that there are enough beds in each city but due to home isolation people who would earlier hide their reports, are coming forward and notifying the state.

UP had recently also started a paid facility in hotels across the state where an asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic patient could avail hotel facilities on a paid basis, as many patients in some of the state’s bigger cities such as Lucknow, Ghaziabad, Gautam Buddh Nagar and Meerut were reluctant to stay in government hospitals. Singh also said more private hospitals were being notified in Lucknow to treat Covid patients.

The state has reported a total of 66,988 cases, with 1,426 deaths and 41,641 recoveries.

On a positive note, UP’s recovery rate of 62.16% has remained more or less static even as cases have risen steeply with higher testing. The fatality rate has also declined to 2.13%. We are following the central government’s guidelines in testing as much as we can so that more and more people can be treated early on,” said Singh.

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