Maharashtra Medical Education Minister Amit Deshmukh on Saturday expressed concern over a slight rise in COVID-19 cases over the last few days and appealed to people to celebrate upcoming festivals in a low-key manner.
"A slight rise in COVID-19 cases is worrisome. People should strictly follow COVID-appropriate behaviour," he told reporters.
Deshmukh said while experts have been issuing warnings of a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, some districts in Maharashtra have indicated a rise in the daily number of infections.
He said the healthcare system should remain vigilant and measures should be taken to minimise the spread of the viral infection.
"State-run hospitals should submit their demands of additional staff if they need, which will be immediately addressed by the government. These hospitals should have a sufficient number of oxygen beds to tackle the situation of a sudden rise in demand," Deshmukh said.
Maharashtra on Saturday reported 4,831 new coronavirus cases and 126 deaths, taking the infection tally to 64,52,273 and death toll to 1,37,026, a state health department official said.
On Friday, the number of new infections was 4,654 and fatalities 170.