Looking at the increasing covid cases in the state, the Maharashtra government has reintroduced compulsory masking in public, except in open spaces. Since the begining of this month within 3 days the state has witnessed 1,081, the highest number since February 24. Out of the new 1,134 cases reported on friday, 763 were from Mumbai.
The Shivsena-led government has announced it saying that it a part of a startegic plan to contain the surge and keep hospitalisation to a minimum. Additionally, the MHD has also directed the district and civic authorities to increase the coronavirus testing as the numbers of sampling saw a decline while the number of cases still kept rising.
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According to sources, in a letter to collectors, municipal corporations and chief executive officers, Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Pradeep Vyas directed that all districts should ensure the proportion of RT-PCR tests was at least 60 per cent. The letter also stresses on the significant decrease in the number of weekly tests conducted in 26 districts.
Complusory Masking at places:
- Closed public spaces
- Cinema halls
In adddition to this, ACS Vyas also dictates a periodic ananlysis of new cases with regard to time, place and person. This will help in taking a planning and executing an action plan on larger scale. The letter further states certain number of samples to be sent to INSACOG laboratory for genetic sequencing.
Furthermore, emphasis has been laid on increasing vaccination & precautionary doses alongwith improvement of vaccination in the 12-18 age group. Maharashtra has recently dignosed patients with BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants. These situations, on the other hand, are stated to have no complications.
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