The Government of India (GoI) has urged the Maharashtra state government to bring down its positivity rate and focus on containment strategies. The letter sent to the Maharashtra Chief Secretary was based on the assessment of the GoI team, Livemint reported.

In a letter to the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government, the Indian Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has said the state is “in the beginning of a second wave of Covid-19 pandemic”.

Amid concern of rising COVID cases in Maharashtra, the government of India team has asked the state to focus on containment strategies and scale up the pace of vaccination campaign, especially in districts witnessing a sharp increase in infections.

Meanwhile, India recorded its highest daily tally of coronavirus cases this year with 28,903 new infections, taking the total COVID tally to 1,14,38,734.

According to the Health Ministry of India, the number of deaths increased to 1,59,044 with 188 new fatalities, the highest in around two months.

Registering an increase for the seventh day in a row, the total active caseload has increased to 2,34,406 which now comprises 2.05 per cent of the total infections, while the recovery rate has further dropped to 96.56 per cent, the data stated.

As many as 30,254 new infections were recorded in a span of 24 hours on December 13. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,10,45,284, while the case fatality rate has dropped to 1.39 per cent, the data stated.

India’s COVID tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16.It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.

According to the ICMR, 22,92,49,784 samples have been tested up to March 16 with 9,69,021 samples being tested on Tuesday. The 188 new fatalities include 87 from Maharashtra, 38 from Punjab, 15 from Kerala and 12 from Chhattisgarh.


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