Mumbai: Slight rise in COVID-19 cases worrisome, says Maharashtra minister Amit Deshmukh

PTIUpdated: Sunday, August 29, 2021, 09:55 AM IST
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Mumbai: Slight rise in COVID-19 cases worrisome, says Maharashtra minister Amit Deshmukh | ANI Photo

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.

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