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COVID-19 spread faster than in 1st wave, next 4 weeks critical, says Indian Govt

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A low share of RT-PCR tests in most states witnessing a high burden of COVID-19, including Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Gujarat, Delhi and Kerala, is leading to higher positivity rates and affecting the containment measures to control the pandemic, stated officials.

Senior government officials have stressed that the coming four weeks will be critical as the pandemic is spreading faster than it did earlier. Maharashtra is registering a steep rise in cases and accounts for 57.42% of total active cases in the country. The state has witnessed a decline in RT-PCR tests over the past few weeks. Only 60% of tests done were RT-PCR last week, compared to 71.6% during Feb 10-16. The share of RT-PCR tests in Chhattisgarh is a mere 30%. In Punjab, the tests constitute more than 76% of the total, but the share is decreasing in the state along with total number of tests done… (ET Healthworld – TNN, April 7, 2021)

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