Maharashtra on the verge to witness second wave of COVID-19?
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Maharashtra on the verge to witness second wave of COVID-19?

The state health department has now ordered authorities to test more people (RT-PCR tests) even though the graph of COVID-19 is flattening its curve

Pune: The Maharashtra state government has asked district collectors and respective administration to ready for the possibility of a second wave of novel coronavirus hitting the state in January-February.

The state health department has now ordered authorities to test more people (RT-PCR tests) even though the graph of COVID-19 is flattening its curve in the state.

Officials have been asked to maintain extra stock of oxygen cylinders and other medicines required for treating the infection. The stress on oxygen cylinders is vital as Maharashtra as well as the other part of the nation reported a huge demand for oxygen cylinders, which led to their shortage and black-marketing. The administration has asked to set up co-morbidity clinics and check senior citizens every week.

Also, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in his address to the state recently warned people not to lower their guard, as the second wave could hit like a ‘tsunami’.

He said, “We will have to follow all COVID-19 protocol of social distancing, use of mask and washing hands curtail the spread of the novel virus. Diwali is overlapping with the onset of winter which sees a decrease in the temperature. European countries have been witnessing the second wave which is serious than that of the first one. We do not want it to develop in our state and it is possible only if we continue our disciplined appearance in public life.”

Meanwhile, the state added 4,496 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday, increasing its total to 17,36,329. Maharashtra also witnessed 122 deaths, taking the total to 45,682, a state health department statement said. The active cases in Maharashtra stand at 84,627, while the recovery rate now at 92.44 per cent.

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