Covid 19 Updates: Over 15% postivity rate; 150 districts will go under lockdown
A scheme has been drawn up for a lockdown, with exceptions for a set of defined essential services, in around 150 districts with Covid-19 positivity rate of over 15% as health systems in these areas are seen to be under stress due to the pandemic.
On Tuesday the measures were suggested by the Union Health Ministry at a high-level meeting but a final decision will be taken by the Centre in consultation with state governments. The proposal may be further refined, but the urgent need to tackle the spread in high positivity cases in districts was underlined by the ministry.
The number of cases in India has increased day by day that is, over 3 lakh cases daily for almost a week now. On Monday, 3.23 lakh new cases were recorded from across the country with Maharashtra recording the highest daily new cases at 48,700, followed by Uttar Pradesh at 33,551 and Karnataka with 29,744. Even states with smaller populations like Kerala registered record tallies. India’s daily positivity rate currently stands at 20%.
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