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Govt asks 4 states, which account for 59% of active cases, to check surge

Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal have been asked to take prompt steps o curb recent spike in Covid-19 cases

Coronavirus | Health Ministry | West Bengal

BS Reporter  |  New Delhi 

A health worker collects swab sample from COVID suspected woman at Anand Vihar bus terminal, in New Delhi

Four states including Maharashtra, Kerala, and which make up for more than 59 per cent of the total active Covid-19 cases in the country, have been asked by the Central government to take prompt steps and keep a ‘strict vigil’ to curb recent spike in Covid-19 cases.

Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has written to these states drawing their attention to the low and declining testing rates and said that any laxity at this crucial junction may squander the results of our collective actions in containing the transmission.

Government is concerned over the dip in the overall tests in the past two weeks in combined with an increase in the positivity rate which has been consistently above 11 per cent for the past two weeks, as against the national positivity figure of less than 2.5 per cent for the same period.

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A team led by S K Singh, Director, National Centre for Disease Control, has been rushed by the Centre to to review the public health interventions in management of Covid- 19 by the state government.

While accounts for around 28.61 per cent of the total active cases in the country, contributed 23 per cent of the total active cases. The test positivity rate in is over 15 per cent.

with 8,868 active cases makes up 3.89 per cent of the national figure while accounts for almost 4 per cent with 9,109 active cases.

Government has advised the four states to analyse the surge at the district and sub-district levels to understand the reasons for this rise and plan adequate measures proactively to curb the spread. “Aggressive implementation of the ‘Test-Track-Treat” strategy adopted by the country has been strongly advised by the health secretary now more than ever,” a press statement said.

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First Published: Thu, January 07 2021. 20:38 IST