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Lockdown likely in dists with positivity rate of over 15%

NEW DELHI, APR 28 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 4/28/2021 12:28:55 PM IST

 Stringent lockdown measures necessary to break the chain of Covid transmission 

As the nation is witnessing an upswing in the number of COVID cases, the Centre has drafted a proposal to impose a complete lockdown in almost 150 districts with a positivity rate of over 15%, in order to break the chain of transmission. 

However, during the complete lockdown, a defined set of essential services will be allowed to function, India Today report stated. 

As per the media report, this was suggested by the Union health ministry at a high-level meeting on Tuesday, but a final decision will be taken by the Centre in consultation with state governments.

According to reports, a senior official has said that stringent lockdown measures were a necessity in districts with high positivity rates in order to break the chain of transmission and it is the rising positivity rate in various cities that has concerned the authorities the most.

The Central government on Sunday had advised state governments to impose stringent containment and lockdown measures in districts reporting either more than 10% positivity rate over the last one week or more than 60% occupancy of beds supported by oxygen or in ICU.

On April 22, India’s tally of fresh COVID-19 cases breached the three lakh mark for the first time and since then the country has been reporting a rise of more than three lakh coronavirus cases daily. The worst affected states are Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Karnataka and Kerala.

Currently, states like Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan already have strict Covid restrictions in place. The situation is worrisome because it has put a lot of pressure on the already fragile health system of India.

In the last 24 hours, coronavirus has infected 3,60,960 people and has claimed 3,293 lives. 

The total number of active cases now stands at 29,78,709 while 25,56,182 vaccine shots were administered in a single day in the country.

 

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