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Uttar Pradesh may have crossed Covid peak: State health department

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LUCKNOW: Government officials and experts monitoring the pandemic situation in the state claim UP may have achieved the peak of coronavirus cases in the second wave.

“The number of new cases reported in the last 24 hours is 28,076 which is almost 10,000 less than the peak of 38,055,” said principal secretary, medical education, Alok Kumar-II, adding that the number of active infections has also gone down to 2.5 lakh. “The peak of active cases was 3.1 lakh,” Kumar said.

Explaining the peak of a pandemic, social scientist and epidemiologist Aarti Kumar said: “While there is no official definition of a ‘peak’, it may be seen as the topmost point of a pandemic curve from where a disease proceeds towards a plateau and then starts falling. It may not be sharp or smooth… it can be intermittent having smaller highs and lows which usually remain below the pinnacle.’

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Covid-19 restrictions to be relaxed in Bihar from June 23: Read revised guidelines

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has announced that the relaxations will come into effect from June 23  and remain in place till July 6. However, the night curfew will remain.

“From June 23 to July 6, government and non-government offices will function at 100% capacity, shops to open till 7 pm, night curfew will remain in force from 9 pm to 5 am. Parks and gardens to be open from 6 am to 12 noon,” Bihar CM Nitish Kumar tweeted.

According to official figures Bihar has had 7.2 lakh COVID cases and and 9,550 deaths.

Earlier this month, Bihar was in news as its Covid related deaths took a drastic leap after the state health department revised the figures to over 9,000 on June 9. A controversial leap of over 3,951 fatalities in a day, which was a 72 per cent jump in the death toll, raised many questions on the COVID-19 management of the state. Bihar is one of the worst affected states by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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