STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Chennai, Mumbai among 20 coronavirus-affected districts that 'deeply concern' Centre

8 of these 20 districts have case doubling rate faster than 10 days and 7 districts have case fatality rate more than the national average of 3.2 per cent.

Published: 03rd May 2020 11:57 PM  |   Last Updated: 03rd May 2020 11:57 PM   |  A+A-

Migrant workers and homeless people rest at a temporary camp set up on the premises of a stadium during ongoing COVID-19 lockdown in Thane

Migrant workers and homeless people rest at a temporary camp set up on the premises of a stadium during ongoing COVID-19 lockdown in Thane. (Photo | PTI)

Express News Service

NEW DELHI: The Centre in a meeting with state chief secretaries on Sunday expressed “deep concern” over COVID-19 affected 20 districts in the country. Nine among them are short on the required medical infrastructure to tackle the pandemic crisis.

These 20 districts that include Mumbai, Ahmadabad, Chennai, Central Delhi, Kolkata, North Delhi, Kanpur Nagar, Krishna, Kurnool, Thane, Agra, Indore, Pune, Surat among others, which account for 68 per of active cases and 72 per cent of all COVID-19 deaths in India.

A PowerPoint presentation that was shared by the Union health secretary Preeti Sudan with the chief secretaries and accessed by this newspaper also said that 8 of these 20 districts have case doubling rate faster than 10 days and 7 districts have case fatality rate more than the national average of 3.2 per cent.

In terms for testing for coronavirus, Centre is also worried that 7 districts Mumbai, Ahmadabad, Indore, Thane, Agra, Kurnool, Kolkata have confirmation rates twice the national average of 4.4 per cent and Kanpur Nagar is carrying out lesser tests (507 per million) than the India average.

ALSO READ | Indore on recovery path? Recovered COVID-19 patients outnumber new cases for second day

In the meeting, the states were also directed for further aggressive planning for containment areas and have been asked to monitor total and active cases, calculate the doubling rate on a weekly basis, calculate case contact ratio ( total number of contacts/total confirmed cases), calculate testing ratios  (total tests conducted per population zone and total tests conducted per total positive cases.)

The Centre also asked states to analyse bed occupancy in terms of  number of occupied beds per total number of beds.

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare also pin pointed key issues  like high case doubling rate and high case fatality rate and suggested specific measures to curb them.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp