The ascending resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country has ignited alarming concerns. On Sunday, more than 62 thousand new infection cases were reported for the second consecutive day in India. Despite lockdown in several regions of Maharashtra, COVID-19 cases are increasing exponentially. After discussing the prevailing situation of the pandemic in Maharashtra, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray asked the state’s officials to prepare for a possible lockdown. Currently, the rate of infection in Maharashtra is the highest in the country. As per the state health department, 40,414 fresh cases of infection were reported in the last 24 hours.
According to Sunday’s report of the Union Health Ministry, the weekly infection rate of the virus in the top eight affected states is greater than the national average of 5.04 per cent. Maharashtra has the highest weekly infection rate of 22.78 per cent. Apart from Maharashtra, the other seven states which have higher weekly infection rate than the national average rate are Chandigarh (11.85 per cent), Punjab (8.45 per cent), Goa (7.03 per cent), Puducherry (6.85 per cent), Chhattisgarh (6.79 Percent), Madhya Pradesh (6.65 per cent) and Haryana (5.41 per cent).
The Ministry of Health further stated that the number of tests per 10 lakh population in 15 states/UTs is lower than the national average (1,74,602). These States also include Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra. The report also revealed that the total number of COVID-19 tests conducted so far across India has crossed the 24 crore mark. However, the overall infection rate remains below five per cent. On Sunday, the vaccination count crossed six crores within the nation.
Due to the sustained threat of the virus, fresh guidelines were issued regarding Holi celebration in several states including Maharashtra and Delhi. After a crucial meeting headed by Uddhav Thackeray, the CM said that health facilities may face overcrowding problem due to increasing cases. In such a situation, it would be better to put lockdown again, the CM explained. Due to the threatening second wave of the pandemic in Maharashtra, a lockdown has been announced in the Aurangabad region. This lockdown, which is being imposed to slow down the infection rate, will run from 30 March to 8 April. Only essential services will be allowed to travel from one place to another and all other public transport services will be shut down. Let us inform you that in the last few days, Aurangabad recorded a sharp upswing in infections. Whereas in the state’s economic heart i.e. Mumbai, 6923 fresh cases were reported on Sunday. The Maharashtra government has already announced to continue the previous restrictions of COVID-19 in the state by 15 April.