Maharashtra: Slight Rise in Covid-19 Cases Worrisome, Says Minister Amid 3rd Wave Warnings

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A slight rise in COVID-19 cases over the last few days is worrisome said Maharashtra Medical Education Minister Amit Deshmukh on Saturday and appealed to people to celebrate upcoming festivals in a low-key manner. “A slight rise in COVID-19 cases is worrisome. People should strictly follow COVID-appropriate behaviour,” he told reporters.

Deshmukh said while experts have been issuing warnings of a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, some districts in Maharashtra have indicated a rise in the daily number of infections. He said the healthcare system should remain vigilant and measures should be taken to minimise the spread of the viral infection. State-run hospitals should submit their demands of additional staff if they need, which will be immediately addressed by the government. These hospitals should have a sufficient number of oxygen beds to tackle the situation of a sudden rise in demand, Deshmukh said. Maharashtra on Saturday reported 4,831 new coronavirus cases and 126 deaths, taking the infection tally to 64,52,273 and death toll to 1,37,026, a state health department official said.

On Friday, the number of new infections was 4,654 and fatalities 170.

(WIth PTI inputs)

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