Maharashtra may reach 3 lakh active COVID-19 cases by April, says health secretary
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Amid rising COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra, Health Secretary Pradeep Vyas on Thursday said that if the rise in daily cases continues, there could be three lakh active cases in the state in the first week of April, news agency PTI reported.

On Thursday, Maharashtra recorded as many as 25,833 new coronavirus cases, the highest one-day spike. This took the state's caseload to 23,96,340, while the death toll jumped to 53,138 with 58 new fatalities.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray asked divisional commissioners to ensure that restrictions announced to curb the spread of COVID-19 are implemented strictly in view of the spike in the number of infection cases.

In a virtual meeting, Thackeray said even though the state is witnessing a steep spike in the number of daily cases, the vaccination drive has also gained momentum.

"In view of the highest number of cases on Thursday since the outbreak of the pandemic last year, the district administration should speed up contact tracing and implementation of restrictions and safety protocols," he said.

Thackeray said administering three lakh vaccine doses daily should be the target. Considering the rising heat, facilities like drinking water and toilets should be provided at the vaccination centres, he said. The Centre has allowed 134 private hospitals in the state for the vaccination drive, he said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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