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11 states cause of ‘grave concern’, says Centre | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: The Centre on Friday categorised 11 states as “states of grave concern” with excessive quantity of each day Covid-19 cases in addition to deaths however not exhibiting “commensurate increase” in enforcement of containment actions.
While the scenario in Maharashtra, Punjab and Chhattisgarh is especially “worrying”, Karnataka, Kerala, Chandigarh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Haryana have additionally raised concern with important surge in each day circumstances, officers mentioned.
In a excessive stage assembly, chaired by cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba on Friday to overview the Covid-19 scenario, the Centre exhorted the chief secretaries to galvanise the state administration and use all sources at their disposal to deal with the newest surge in Covid circumstances.
The 11 states contributed 90% of Covid-19 circumstances and 90.5% of deaths as on March 31 in final 14 days, and have crossed or are near crossing their early reported peak throughout final yr.
Another worrisome side identified was that Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities together with peri-city areas have recorded the current rise in Covid-19 circumstances. It was additionally highlighted that unfold of an infection from these areas to rural areas with weak well being infrastructure would overwhelm the native administration. The present Covid case development charge of 6.8% in March this yr has surpassed the earlier file of 5.5% in June, Gauba mentioned pointing on the steady deterioration of the Covid situation over the fortnight throughout the nation. Daily deaths on account of Covid-19 additionally recorded a development of 5.5% throughout this era.
While the nation was reporting about 97,000 each day new Covid circumstances on the peak of the pandemic in September 2020, it has now reached the important determine of over 81,000 each day new circumstances.
“Focus on ensuring RTPCR tests comprise 70% of total tests; reduce waiting time of test results with regular review with testing labs; use Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) as screening test in densely populated areas; all symptomatic RAT negatives to be mandatorily subjected to RT-PCR tests,” the advisory mentioned.

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