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Centre Asks Maharashtra To Brace For Worst-Case Scenario

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Mumbai: Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan wrote a letter to the Maharashtra government and said that the state is in the beginning of a second wave of COVID-19 pandemic.

The Centre has asked the Uddhav Thackeray-led government to focus on containment strategies and scale up its vaccination campaign.

The central government team assessed the situation in the state and wrote to Maharashtra Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte, urging the state government to undertake steps to bring down the number of cases and increase contact-tracing.

“Maharashtra is in the beginning of a second wave of Covid-19 pandemic. There is very limited active effort to track, test, isolate cases and quarantine contacts. There is no adherence to Covid appropriate behaviour among people both in rural and urban areas,” said Rajesh Bhushan in the letter.

He said that eight of the top 10 districts of India in terms of active COVID-19 cases are in Maharashtra. Bhushan said that the only way to curb the spread is to increase the pace of vaccination.

In the letter to Kunte, Bhushan said that the pandemic in the recent past showed a rising trend in Maharashtra,where active cases increased by 171.5 per cent in the last one month from 36,917 cases on February 11 to 1,00,240 cases on March 11. He also flagged the high mortality rates.

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