Centre asks Maharashtra, Andhra, Karnataka to break chain of transmission

New Delhi (NVI): The Centre today asked Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka to focus on undertaking aggressive measures to break the chain of COVID-19 transmission and to ensure that mortality is kept below 1 per cent.

The states have been advised to proactively ensure higher testing, effective clinical management to lower fatality, and save lives along with efficient monitoring at various levels, according to a Health Ministry statement.

“Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka account for about 46 per cent of active cases reported nationally in the last 24 hours. Maharashtra alone accounts for 22 per cent of all active cases reported in the last 24 hours,” it added.

The statement said that these three states account for 52 per cent of all COVID-19 deaths reported across the country in the last 24 hours with Maharashtra alone accounting for 35 per cent of all deaths reported in the last 24 hours.

“In Maharashtra, Pune, Nagpur, Kolhapur, Sangli, Nashik, Ahmednagar, Raigad, Jalgaon, Solapur, Satara and Palghar were highlighted on need for effective containment and contact tracing,” said the Ministry.

Districts — Prakasam and Chittoor in A.P., and Koppal, Mysuru, Davangere and Bellari in Karnataka — were highlighted as districts of concern.

According to the release in cumulative terms, five states account for more than 60 per cent of the total active cases in the country. Maharashtra contributes maximum to the active case load amounting to almost 25 per cent, followed by Andhra Pradesh (12.06 per cent), Karnataka (11.71 per cent), Uttar Pradesh (6.92 per cent) and Tamil Nadu which stands at 6.10 per cent.

Of these, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka account for nearly 49 per cent of the active case and more than 57 per cent of COVID-19 deaths.

“Of the total deaths in the country, 70 per cent are recorded in just five states of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Delhi and Andhra Pradesh. Maharashtra alone accounts for 37.33 per cent of the total deaths,” said the Ministry release.