As the Delta Plus variant continues to spread, the threat of third-wave; looms large over Maharashtra

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The pandemic’s third wave looms large over the state of Maharashtra amidst concerns regarding the Delta Plus variant (AY.1) of the coronavirus in the country. Maharashtra is witnessing an increase in the daily cases of COVID-19 once again. On Thursday, 9844 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the state. Apart from these cases, infections of the Delta Plus variant are also increasing continuously in the state.

The Health Department issued a statement notifying that the total number of infected people in the state has gone up to 60,07,431. The total number of fatalities has gone up to 1,19,859 after the state recorded 197 new deaths in the last week.

The recovery rate from COVID-19 in the state is now 95.93 percent, while the death rate has increased to 2 percent. In the last 24 hours, 9371 patients have been discharged from hospitals after recovery, taking the number of cured people to 57,62,661. At the same time, the number of active cases in the state is 1,21,767. A total of 2,32,578 people were tested for the virus in the last 24 hours. So far, a total of 4,03,60,931 tests have been conducted.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray asked the health officials to focus on the seven districts of the state where the cases of COVID-19 infection are comparatively more. Thackeray further said that the number of tests and vaccinations should be increased in such districts.

Thackeray also made it clear that there should be no rush in easing the restrictions and the local administration should not be negligent amid the surge in the number of infections. As a matter of concern, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur and Hingoli districts have reported a slight surge in the COVID-19 infections.

The Maha CM said that considering the threat of the pandemic’s third wave and delta plus variant, improvement in the health infrastructure is crucial. Health Secretary Pradeep Vyas said that the infection rate in the state has come down to 0.15 percent, but in seven districts, the rate is double or triple.

According to the WHO, between June 14 and 20, maximum number of 4,41,976 cases of COVID-19 infection have been found in India. On a positive note, this figure is 30 percent less than the previous week. The country recorded a total number of 16,329 fatalities during this period, although the highest in the world, the figure is 31 percent less than the previous week.

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