Death toll also stood at four for the second day in a row. Both the new cases and fatalities were highest in the state and accounted for 15% of UP’s Saturday count.
The surge in Covid-19 cases in the past three days could transform into a second wave if people fail to take adequate precautions. As drop in temperatures and mist have created an atmosphere conducive to the virus, experts have warned people against any laxity, which, they said, could prove fatal. Authorities also need to step up screening of people coming from Delhi, which is witnessing a third wave.
The cases tally mounted to 68,890 and the number of deaths to 957 (1.4% of the caseload). The number of cases in Gomtinagar mounted to 37 on Saturday, followed by Indiranagar (29). The two areas have been recording the highest cases in the city since August.
Mahanagar recorded 26 new infections, Rae Bareli Road and Alambagh 17 each, Chowk 14, Vikasnagar 13, Aliganj 12, Aashiana and Chinhat 11 each, and Hazratganj, Hasanganj and Madiaon 10 each.
The number of recoveries (313) was less than new cases for the third day. This took the total number of recoveries so far to 64,564 (94% of the caseload). At the same time, active cases climbed to 3,369, up from 3,191 on Thursday.
At present, 2,143 patients are in home isolation. The remaining, including several critical ones, are in hospitals.
Authorities said change in weather conditions is responsible for the rise in cases. They said more cases are being detected now as the sampling for tests has increased.
On Saturday, about 11,306 samples were taken for tests in comparison to below 10,000 during Diwali.