He said a record 48,086 coronavirus samples were tested on Wednesday and soon, the number would be increased to 50,000.
Officials said Uttar Pradesh has conducted the highest number of tests for Covid-19 so far, after Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.
Prasad said Uttar Pradesh has a lower number of COVID-positive cases per million population than other states.
Amid the rising cases, Yogi Adityanath-led government Monday issued detailed directives for the total lockdown to be observed in the state on weekends in order to contain the virus spread. All urban and rural haats, markets, galla mandis and business establishments would remain closed during the weekend, while these markets will function from 9 am to 9 pm.
However, essential services and banks will remain operational.
With inputs from PTI
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