In biggest single-day jump, Uttarakhand reports 216 Covid-19 positive cases
In a biggest single-day spike in Covid-19 cases in Uttarakhand till now, 216 cases were reported from the state on Friday, taking the tally of total cases to 716. All fresh cases of people who tested positive had returned to the state from Maharashtra, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, said health officials.
In the last one week, the state has reported over 570 cases. The sudden spike in Covid-19 positive cases in Uttarakhand had started last Saturday (May 23), when the state reported 91 positive cases in a single day, which was the highest single-day jump till then.
From May 23 onwards, positive cases started soaring with people increasingly returning to the state under the evacuation process started by the state government. On Thursday, with 31 Covid-19 positive cases, Uttarakhand had reached 500 mark.
According to the health bulletin released by the state health department on Friday afternoon, of the fresh 216 positive cases, the maximum cases have been reported from Dehradun district (72), followed by Almora (21), Bageshwar (8), Tehri (8), Haridwar (5), US Nagar (5), Pauri (5), Uttarkashi (4), Rudraprayag (2) and Pithoragarh (1).
So far Nainital district has now the overall highest positive cases (224) followed by 164 in Dehradun, 70 in Tehri Garhwal, 62 in US Nagar, 48 in Haridwar, 45 in Almora, 28 in Pauri, 21 in Pithoragarh, 16 in Bageshwar, 11 in Chamoli, 14 in Uttar Kashi, 8 in Champawat and 5 in Rudraprayag.
Overall 102 people have recovered in the state so far, including 13 on Friday.
The increasing number of cases has become a matter of concern for the health department in the state now. Given the sharp rise in cases, all chief medical officers in the state have been directed to ensure the installation of adequate number of ICU beds, ventilators, procurement of medicines and oxygen supply to tackle any extreme possible situation.
Authorities in Uttarakhand are worried over spike in cases with the return of the migrants. According to government officials, over 2.59 lakh registrations for return to Uttarakhand had been made on the state website. Of these, the state government under its evacuation process has so far brought back over 1.78 lakh people through trains and buses.