UP registers 5,928 fresh COVID cases, 30 deaths in a day

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Lucknow, Apr 6 (PTI) The COVID-19 death toll in Uttar Pradesh rose to 8,924 on Tuesday with 30 more people succumbing to the disease while 5,928 fresh cases in a day pushed the infection tally to 6,39,928.

In view of the recent surge in daily coronavirus cases in the state capital, the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court has stopped physical hearing of cases and decided to conduct hearing of only urgent matters through videoconferencing.

As of now, the decision is for this whole week.

Of the 30 COVID-19 deaths reported in a day in Uttar Pradesh, seven were reported from Lucknow, four from Kanpur, three from Allahabad, two each from Varanasi, Muzaffarnagar and Sitapur, and one each from Gautam Buddh Nagar, Moradabad, Hardoi, Pratapgarh, Basti, Sultanpur, Unnao, Bijnor, Jalaun and Kanpur Dehat.

Of the 5,928 fresh COVID-19 cases, Lucknow reported 1,188, Allahabad 915, Varanasi 711 and Kanpur 306. So far, 6,03,495 COVID-19 patients in the state have recovered from the disease, the Uttar Pradesh government said in a statement here on Tuesday.

Six students of Muzaffarnagar Medical College, who were staying at the institute's hostel, were among the 85 COVID-19 cases reported from the district. The number of active coronavirus cases in the district stood at 389.

Thirty-nine doctors of King George's Medical University (KGMU), including the vice-chancellor, have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last three days, a senior doctor said.

'KGMU vice-chancellor Lieutenant General (retired) Dr Bipin Puri tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, while medical superintendent Prof D Himanshu tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday. In the last three days, 39 doctors of KGMU have tested positive for COVID-19,' he said.

'Both the vice-chancellor and medical superintendent have got both the doses of anti-COVID vaccine,' he added.

BJP MP from Jhansi-Lalitpur parliamentary constituency Anurag Sharma has also tested positive for COVID-19, his private secretary Atul Agarwal said.

Currently, Sharma's condition is normal and he has quarantined himself, Agarwal said.

The count of active COVID-19 cases in Uttar Pradesh stands at 27,509.

The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad HC has stopped physical hearing of cases. The senior registrar of the court issued an administrative order in this respect on Tuesday.

The court had deferred regular hearing since April 5 and only urgent matters were being taken up with strict guidelines on entry of lawyers in courtrooms.

But considering the COVID-19 situation, the court administration has passed a new order restricting itself to only videoconferencing. In the order, the senior registrar said a link would be sent on registered mobile numbers to those lawyers whose urgent cases would be listed on a particular day.

The lawyers would be at liberty to join the video conference from their chamber. In case, any lawyer has difficulty in joining from his chamber, he can use the video conference cabins prepared at the mediation centre in court premises. PTI NAV/CORR DIV DIV