Coronavirus situation turning from bad to worse, whole country at risk: Centre
   Date :31-Mar-2021

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 Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan’s wife Nutan Goel receives second dose of COVID-19 vaccine jab at Delhi Heart & Lung Institute, in New Delhi on Tuesday. (ANI)
 
 
NEW DELHI :
 
THE coronavirus situation is “turning from bad to worse” and is a huge cause of worry especially for some States, the Centre said on Tuesday while stressing that the whole country at risk and nobody should be complacent. It said that eight of the top 10 COVID-19 high-burden districts of the country are from Maharashtra and that Delhi, taken as one district, is also on the list. At a press conference, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said 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 (Contd from page 1) (21,282), Bengaluru Urban (16,259), Nanded (15,171), Delhi (8,032), Ahmednagar (7,952).
 
Though technically speaking, Delhi has many districts, but it has been taken as one district, he said. NITI Aayog member (Health) V K Paul said, “COVID-19 situation is turning from bad to worse. In 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.” “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,” Paul said. About surge in case positivity rates, Bhushan said Maharashtra last week had an average positivity rate of 23 per cent, followed by Punjab 8.82 per cent, Chattisgarh 8.24 per cent, Madhya Pradesh 7.82 per cent, Tamil Nadu 2.5 per cent, Karnataka 2.45 per cent, Gujarat 2.22 per cent, and Delhi 2.04 per cent.