New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday advised the people to 'keep their masks up' as it warned of a 'severe and intensive' COVID-19 situation in some parts of the country. The Health Ministry also asked the states with the most active cases to ramp up testing and focus on proper isolation of the positive patients. 

Addressing a press briefing in Delhi, Dr VK Paul, Member-Health, Niti Aayog on the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the country said, "We are facing an increasingly severe and intensive situation in some districts but the whole country is potentially at risk. All efforts to contain the virus and save lives should be taken".  

Speaking at the same press briefing,  Union Health Secretary, Rajesh Bhushan said that there are 10 districts in the country that have the maximum active cases of coronavirus. The 10 districts include Pune, Mumbai, Nagpur, Thane, Nashik, Aurangabad, Bengaluru Urban, Nanded, Delhi and Ahmednagar. 

"There are 10 districts across the country that have the most number of active cases - Pune, Mumbai, Nagpur, Thane, Nashik, Aurangabad, Bengaluru Urban, Nanded, Delhi and Ahmednagar", Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said today. 

"The weekly national average positivity rate is 5.65%. Maharashtra has a weekly average of 23%, Punjab has a weekly average of 8.82%, Chhattisgarh 8%, Madhya Pradesh 7.82%, Tamil Nadu 2.50%, Karnataka 2.45%, Gujarat 2.2% & Delhi 2.04%", he said. 

Speaking about the isolation of coronavirus positive patients, Bhushan said that the government has found that adequate isolation is not taking place in several states across the country. Advising states to monitor isolated patients, Bhushan further added that the state governments have to monitor if the person being isolated at home is following the due instructions or not. 

"We found that isolation isn't taking place in most states, people are being told to isolate at home. But it's to be monitored if they're actually doing it. If they can't, they must be quarantined institutionally. Delhi was able to bring numbers under control through it", Bhushan said. 

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan