The Covid-19 pandemic situation is “turning from bad to worse” and is a source of considerable concern, particularly for some states, the Union government has said, adding that India is at risk and complacency should be avoided.
It also said that eight of the top-10 Covid-19 high-burden districts of India are from Maharashtra and that Delhi, taken as one district, are also on the list.
According to Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, the 10 districts with maximum active Covid-19 cases are Pune (59,475), Mumbai (46,248), Nagpur (45,322), Thane (35,264), Nashik (26,553), Aurangabad (21,282), Bengaluru Urban (16,259), Nanded (15,171), Delhi (8,032), and Ahmednagar (7,952).
“Covid-19 situation is turning from bad to worse. In the last few weeks, especially in some states, it is a huge cause for worry. No state, no part of the country or district should be complacent,” NITI Aayog member (Health) V K Paul said. “We are facing an increasingly severe and intense situation, more so surely in some districts. But the whole country is potentially at risk and therefore all efforts to contain and save lives should be taken. Hospital and ICU preparations have to be readied. If the cases increase rapidly, the healthcare system would be overwhelmed.”
Observing about the surge in Covid case positivity rates, Bhushan said Maharashtra last week had an average positivity rate of 23%, followed by Punjab 8.82%, Chattisgarh 8.24%, Madhya Pradesh 7.82%, Tamil Nadu 2.5%, Karnataka 2.45%, Gujarat 2.22%, and Delhi 2.04%. The average national positivity rate during last week was 5.65%.