In what can be seen as a relief for the Uttar Pradesh government, three districts in India’s most populous state have been declared free of the novel coronavirus. The state has 846 confirmed cases of Covid-19, including 74 recoveries and 14 deaths.
Addressing a press conference, UP Principal Secretary (health) Amit Mohan Prasad said, “Pilibhit, Maharajganj and Hathras district in Uttar Pradesh have become free from Covid-19 where patients suffering from the virus have fully recovered. However, the district authorities have been instructed not to lower their guard and continue to take the necessary precautions.”
In Pilibhit district, the first case of Covid-19 was reported on March 22 when a 73-year-old who returned from Saudi Arabia tested positive. Later, the patient’s son also contracted the disease from her. Both of the patients have been discharged from the hospital after they were cured of the infection.
In Maharajganj district in eastern UP, all six Covid-19 patients have been discharged from the hospital after they recovered and tested negative twice. As many as 36 people who came in contact with them have also tested negative.
In Hathras district, four people who attended the Markaz congregation in Delhi had tested positive for Covid-19. They were also discharged on Wednesday after their samples came back negative. People who came in contact with them in the district have not shown any symptoms as of yet.