Covid; Curfew again in Maharashtra; Schools closed in Pune

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New Delhi: Maharashtra has stepped up against Covid cases. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has said that a night curfew will be imposed if the cases continue like this.

Following this, a curfew was declared in Pune. All but essential services were banned from 11 pm to 6 am. It also decided to close schools and colleges until February 28.

The Union Ministry of Health has issued an alert to five states, including Kerala, where cases are on the rise in the country. The Center has directed five states to increase test rates and increase RT-PCR tests. About 74 percent of the active cases in the country are in Kerala and Maharashtra.

Apart from Kerala and Maharashtra, Covid cases have been on the rise in Punjab, Chhattisgarh, and Madhya Pradesh in the last few days.

Center Recommendations for States:
> Focus on increasing the rate of RT-PCR tests Raise overall testing numbers.
RT-PCR tests must be performed on all negative rapid antigen test results.
> Focus on strict and comprehensive monitoring of selected districts and imposition of necessary restrictions.
> Focus on clinical management in districts where high mortality is reported.

In the last week, about 87,000 cases have been reported in the country. There is concern that this is an indication of the second expansion of Covid in India. In 24 hours, 14,264 people were diagnosed with the virus.