COVID surge: Next 4 weeks very critical for India; coronavirus vaccine safe, don't be complacent, says Centre

COVID surge: Next 4 weeks very critical for India; coronavirus vaccine safe, don't be complacent, says Centre

The Centre has suggested the states take the COVID testing (RT-PCR tests) to 70 per cent or above, Bhushan said.

The Centre on Tuesday expressed serious concern over the increasing coronavirus cases in the country, saying that the next four weeks are very critical for India.

Addressing a press conference along with Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, Niti Aayog member, professor Vinod K Paul, said the impact of the COVID pandemic has increased in India.

Warnings were given that the situation should not be taken for granted. The situation of the coronavirus pandemic has worsened and the speed of increasing coronavirus cases is higher than last time, he noted.

Paul asserted said that the next four weeks is very critical for the country.

He urged the eligible people to take the COVID vaccine doses without any hesitation as the vaccines available in India are completely safe. Paul asked the people to take the coronavirus situation seriously and wear masks and maintain social distancing at public places.

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The Union Ministry of health and family welfare asked Maharashtra to increase the percentage of RT-PCR tests which has been reducing in the state in the last few weeks. It may be noted that Maharashtra has been reporting the maximum number of COVID-19 cases in the country.

Expressing concern over the fewer number of RT-PCR tests in Maharashtra, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that only 60 per cent of total tests were done through RT-PCR method in Maharashtra last week.

The Centre has suggested the states take the COVID testing (RT-PCR tests) to 70 per cent or above, Bhushan said.

Addressing a press conference, Bhushan said that the coronavirus situation in Chhattisgarh is a cause of concern as despite being a small state is it reported 6 per cent of total coronavirus cases and 3 per cent of total deaths in the country.

The condition of Chhattisgarh has deteriorated in the second wave of infections, Bhushan asserted.

Maharashtra, Punjab, Chhattisgarh remain states of maximum concern on account of high daily COVID-19 cases and deaths, the health Ministry official asserted.

Of all the active cases in the country, 58 per cent are in Maharashtra. 34 per cent of the total deaths across the country have been reported in Maharashtra, he said.

Of the top 10 districts having most of active COVID cases, seven districts are from Maharashtra, one from Karnataka, Chhattisgarh and Delhi each, the Union health secretary said.

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