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Maharashtra, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, States of Maximum Concern: Center on Rise of Covid-19 | India News


NEW DELHI: The Center said Tuesday that Maharashtra, Punjab and Chhattisgarh are the states of utmost concern due to the high number of Covid-19 cases being reported daily.
At a press conference, the Union’s health secretary, Rajesh Bhushan, said that the Covid-19 situation in Maharashtra is concerning due to its share in the total number of cases, as well as the total deaths.
The situation in Punjab and Chhattisgarh is worrying because of their share in the death toll, he said.
Chhattisgarh’s Durg is in the top 10 districts with a high number of active Covid cases. Seven districts in Maharashtra, one in Karnataka and Delhi, taken as a single district, are on the list, Bhushan said.
The 10 districts with the highest number of new cases are Pune, Mumbai, Thane, Nagpur, Nashik, Bengaluru Urban, Aurangabad, Ahmednagar, Delhi and Durg, he said.
The average daily cases in Maharashtra have risen from 3,051 between February 10 and 16 to 44,624 between March 31 and April 6. Maharashtra accounts for 58% of the reported cases in the country.
Average daily deaths also rose from 32 between February 10 and 16 to 250 between March 31 and April 6. It has contributed to 34% of all deaths.
States have been asked to increase the rate of RT-PCR testing. This number is falling in Maharashtra in recent weeks, from 71.6 percent between February 10 and 16 to 60.1 percent between March 31 and April 6, Bhushan said.
The weekly positivity rate in this period increased from 6.21% to 24.41%.
“We recently told Maharashtra that mobile test labs can be used in difficult terrain areas for which ICMR is helping the state government.
“Chhattisgarh is cause for concern, as if it is a smaller state with less population, it accounts for six percent of the total Covid cases in the country and three percent of the deaths,” Bhushan said.
Chhattisgarh’s condition was not as bad during the first wave. But in the second wave, it’s not just infections, but even deaths are on the rise, he said.
Daily cases in Chhattisgarh have risen from 226 between February 10 and 16 to 4,976 between March 31 and April 6. The average daily death has also increased from five on February 10 and 16 to 38 between March 31 and April 6.
The number of RT-PCR tests has been low. From 35.2 percent from February 10 to 16, it fell to 30.6 percent from March 31 to April 6. We have asked the state government to increase the number of tests, he said.
The weekly positivity rate during this period increased from 1.20 percent to 16.71 percent.
“If you look at Punjab, three percent of the total cases are reported from Punjab now and it represents 4.5 percent of the total deaths in the country,” he said.
Daily cases in Punjab have risen from 240 between February 10 and 16 to 2,793 between March 31 and April 6. The average daily deaths during the same periods has also increased from eight to 58.
The average RT-PCR test is 76 percent, which is satisfactory, the union health secretary said, adding that the weekly positivity rate in the period increased from 1.30 percent to 8.75 percent. cent and to reduce that the number of tests must be scaled. above.
The Center has formed 50 high-level multidisciplinary public health teams and deployed them to districts reporting an increase in cases and mortality in Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Punjab, Bhushan said.
These teams were deploying to 30 districts in Maharashtra, 11 in Chhattisgarh and nine in Punjab. They will assist the state health department and local authorities in surveillance, control and containment measures for Covid-19.
“They will see how we can streamline testing, do effective contact tracing including surveillance and containment, build the hospital infrastructure including ICU, ventilator and oxygen beds, and effectively implement appropriate behavior and vaccination for Covid. “Bhushan added.

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