Lucknow , Mar 24: The total number of coronavirus cases in Uttar Pradesh rose to 35 after two more infected persons, one each from Shamli and Noida, tested positive for the pandemic on Tuesday.
Already 11 patients have recovered and returned to their homes. State Principal Secretary (Health) Amit Mohan Prasad while talking to reporters here on Tuesday said that 68 suspected patients are admitted to the hospital and their test reports are awaited.
He said there are 2800 isolation beds in the state which will go up to 11,000 after 51 medical colleges in the state have been roped in to set up at least 200 isolation beds in a week.
Talking about the quarantine facilities, he said that there are 5,000 beds at present which can be extended up to 15,000 anytime.
About the testing facilities, Mr Prasad said there are six testing centres in the state King George's Medical University (KGMU), Aligarh Medical college, Banaras Hindu University, Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGI), Meerut Medical College and Command Hospital Lucknow.
"Very soon the testing facilities would start at Gorakhpur Medical College and at PGI Saifai while Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) was in a process to allow some private testing labs for it, " he added.
The health officer made it clear that social distancing, hygiene and hand wash are the only remedy to prevent coronavirus.
He claimed there is no shortage of medical equipment or medicines at the government-run hospitals and the government was monitoring the situation regularly. (UNI)