New Delhi: The COVID-19 tally in Uttar Pradesh rose to 33,700 on Friday with the highest single-day spike of 1,338 cases, while the death toll reached 889 after 27 patients succumbed to the disease, a senior official said on Friday. Also Read - 'Don't Discriminate as CM, But Won't Attend Inauguration of Mosque in Ayodhya,' Says Yogi Adityanath
The previous highest single-day spike in fresh cases — 1,332 — was recorded on July 7. Also Read - Noida Lockdown News: Police Seize 37 Vehicles, Over 8 Arrested For Flouting Shutdown Restrictions
Additional Chief Secretary and Principal Secretary (Health) Amit Mohan Prasad said there are 11,024 active cases in the state, while 21,787 people have been discharged from hospitals after recovering from the infection. Also Read - Noida Lockdown News: Gautam Buddh Nagar Police Seizes 11 Vehicles, Issues Challans to 1470 People For Flouting Curbs
As many as 38,006 samples were tested for COVID-19 on Thursday, taking the total number of samples tested in the state to 10.74 lakh, Prasad said.
He said Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will dedicate seven new labs of RT-PCR tests at a programme here on Saturday.
These seven labs will be set up in Aligarh, Varanasi, Gonda, Moradabad, Bareilly, Mirzapur and Balrampur hospital in Lucknow, he said.
Taking strict action against those who step out without face covers in public places, the Uttar Pradesh government has increased the penalty on violators from Rs 100 to Rs 500, Prasad said.
He said 36,114 help desks in the state have so far identified 16,030 people with COVID-19 symptoms and their tests are being conducted.