Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Saturday chaired a high-level review meeting with Additional Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries and Secretaries of 12 states, Municipal Commissioners, and District Collectors of 46 districts that are most affected by rising cases and rising mortality because of Covid-19.
Through a detailed presentation, the states were informed that the country has seen the sharpest rise in weekly Covid cases and fatalities since May 2020 (7.7% and 5.1% respectively).
The focus was on 46 districts that have contributed 71% of the cases and 69% of deaths this month. Of the total 36 districts in Maharashtra, 25 are most affected that account for 59.8% of cases reported in the country during the past one week.
To fight the second wave of the virus, a five-fold strategy was presented by the States and UTs for management of the Covid pandemic, which includes an exponential increase in testing, effective isolation and contact tracing, re-invigoration of public and private healthcare resources, ensuring of Covid-appropriate behaviour and targeted approach to vaccination in districts reporting large numbers.