Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh is seeing a rapid rise in the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. The spread of the deadly virus is becoming a big problem for the state government and the people. To break the chain of the infection, chief minister Yogi Adityanath is emphasising on safety and precaution at every level.

To protect from infection, he has advised people to wear face masks and maintain a distance of two feet. Number of COVID-19 infections in the state has risen to 85, 916 while 48, 863 people have been cured from the virus.

The chief minister has said that along with the instructions to strictly follow the guidelines of the Central government regarding ‘Unlock 3’ in the state, he has asked to conduct activities inside and outside the containment zones as per the guidelines. Expressing happiness over 1.15 lakh COVID-19 tests daily in the state, the chief minister has also called for door-to-door survey and contact tracing.

He stressed on strengthening the system of hospitalisation for treatment by early detection of the corona infected person. While directing to deploy a special secretary-level officer of the department of medical education at the Integrated Command and Control Centre at the state headquarters, Yogi said that this would enable the centre to function better. The chief minister also directed to use CSR funds for arranging additional ambulances.

The figures published on Friday evening (July 31) were scary. As many as 4,453 people tested positive for the virus. This is the highest increase in the number of cases for the state in a day. In the state’s capital Lucknow, 562 cases of coronavirus were reported. Lucknow is the most affected city in the state. The city has most active cases and the daily spike in the state is also a cause for concern.

The state saw 43 deaths due to the infection in the past 24 hours. With that the total deaths due to the infection have risen to 1,630. The number of active cases in the state are 34,968. Of the 43 people who died in the last 24 hours, six in Kanpur, five each in Lucknow, Varanasi and Bareilly, three each in Jhansi and Basti, two each in Gorakhpur and Mathura and Pratapgad, Pilibhit, Mainpuri, Maharajganj, Sultanpur. One person each from Mirzapur, Chandauli, Azamgarh, Shahjahanpur, Saharanpur, Ayodhya and Bulandshahr.

Meanwhile, Meerut city continues to see a rise in the COVID-19 positive cases. In the last 24 hours, 33 new patients have been found in the city-district. These include policemen and retired military personnel.

On the other hand, BJP MLA Satyaveer Tyagi has been discharged from the hospital after his coronavirus report came negative. Now he will stay at home quarantine for seven days.

In Varanasi, for the second straight day there has been a record spike in the number of infections as 145 people have been found infected. Till Thursday night (July 30) there were 51 deaths and the report on Saturday evening says that the number of deaths have gone up to 58.

According to the medical bulletin published by the administration, the total number of deaths have been 58 while there have been two more deaths in the past 24 hours. There had been five more deaths due to the infection but the health department had not updated about them and have now been added to the count.

The medical teams are constantly on surveillance. Till date, surveillance work of 40,823 areas has been completed. These include more than 1 crore houses. So far, over 7.4 crore people have come under surveillance.