17 Mar 2023

Covid-19: Sharp Spurt In Cases; Centre Asks Six States Including Maharashtra, Gujarat To Be Vigilant

New Delhi: The Central Government has asked six states including Maharashtra, Gujarat  and Kerala to be vigilant in view of the sharp jump in the cases of Covid infection in the past weeks.

Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary in the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, said in a letter sent to the Principal Secretaries, Cabinet Secretaries, Chief Secretaries and Under Chief Secretaries of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka that in the last weeks till March 15 there has been a sharp jump in the cases of Covid infection. 

Sharp rise in Covid cases after March 8

Sharp rise in Covid cases has been registered after march 8. Till now, the number of cases of Covid infections in the country has reached 3264, whereas till March 8 this figure was 2082.

The Union Secretary has written separate letters to all these states. Giving details of district-wise cases of infection in these states, it has been said that the states should strictly follow the Covid norms. 

Send samples for genome sequencing

New emerging areas and potential areas of Covid infection should be continuously monitored. Samples from newly infected individuals should be sent for genome sequencing. Covid testing should be expedited.

The letter said that the available help of the Center should be used to deal with any situation related to Covid.

The letter states that seven districts of Gujarat, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, Mehsana, Bhavnagar and Amreli have registered a spurt in Covid infection. 

The letter sent to Maharashtra mentions seven districts namely Pune, Mumbai, Thane, Mumbai (Outer), Nashik, Ahmednagar and Nagpur. 

One district Hyderabad in Telangana, four districts Salem, Nilgiris, Tiruppur and Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu, five districts Ernakulam, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Thrissur, Palakkad in Kerala and four districts Shivamogga, Kalaburagi, Mysuru and Uttara Kannada in Karnataka have seen an increase in Covid infections.

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