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11 states are cause for ‘grave concern’, says Center | India News


NEW DELHI: On Friday, the Center classified 11 states as “states of grave concern” with high numbers of daily Covid-19 cases as well as deaths, but not showing a “commensurate increase” in enforcement of containment activities. .
While the situation in Maharashtra, Punjab and Chhattisgarh is particularly “concerning”, Karnataka, Kerala, Chandigarh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Haryana have also expressed concern with a significant increase in daily cases, authorities said. .
At a high-level meeting, chaired by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Friday to review the Covid-19 situation, the Center called on the chief secretaries to galvanize the state administration and use all the resources at their disposal to address the latest increase in Covid cases.
The 11 states contributed 90% of Covid-19 cases and 90.5% of deaths as of March 31 in the past 14 days, and have crossed or are close to crossing their initial reported peak over the past year. .
Another worrying aspect noted was that Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities along with peri-urban areas have recorded the recent increase in Covid-19 cases. It was also highlighted that the spread of infection from these areas to rural areas with a weak health infrastructure would overwhelm the local administration. The current Covid case growth rate of 6.8% in March this year has surpassed the previous record of 5.5% in June, Gauba said, noting the continued deterioration of the Covid scenario during the fortnight across the country. Daily deaths from Covid-19 also registered a 5.5% growth during this period.
While the country was reporting around 97,000 new Covid cases daily at the peak of the pandemic in September 2020, it has now reached the critical figure of more than 81,000 new cases daily.
“Focus on ensuring that RTPCR tests comprise 70% of total tests; reduce waiting time for test results with regular reviews with test laboratories; use rapid antigen tests (RAT) as a screening test in densely populated areas; all symptomatic RAT negatives must be subjected to RT-PCR tests, ”the notice said.

Times of India