Other states not reporting correct Covid figures: Maharashtra health minister

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Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope said there is a possibility that other states are not reporting daily Covid-19 cases accurately. When India Today TV asked the minister why Maharashtra was reporting the maximum number of daily Covid-19 cases, he cited many reasons including negligence of citizens and a higher rate of testing in the state.

He went on to add that there is a possibility that other states are not carrying out adequate testing and “there are chances that other states are not reporting the exact figures [sic] of coronavirus patients”.

“I wish to emphasise that Maharashtra is carrying out all of the steps in a correct and transparent manner,” Tope added.

Rajesh Tope said that a crowd of more than 75,000 people recently came to watch a cricket match in Gujarat. “I saw it on TV. There was a huge turnout, more than 75,000 people and no social distancing during the match. Now, look at the public rallies happening in the 4 election-bound states, the rallies are having a huge crowd, no one is wearing masks, there is no social distancing being followed,” he said.

“I have an apprehension that these states are not reporting correct figures of Covid-19 cases.”

Rajesh Tope also issued a stern warning to the people of Maharashtra. He said if people in the state continue to violate guidelines, the government will have no choice but to impose yet another strict lockdown.

The state health minister said he has specifically instructed all district officials and others in the administration to take strict action against people found ignoring social distancing and mask-wearing norms.

He went on to say that the government is focused on vaccinating people in the state fast. “On any given day, we are vaccinating around 3 lakh people throughout the state. So that we can vaccinate 20-21 lakh people in a week, that’s what we are planning,” he added.

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The state health minister added that carelessness among the people in the state is one of the main reasons behind the sharp rise in Covid-19 cases in the state. When asked why Mumbai and Pune are reporting maximum positive cases, the health minister attributed it to the high rate of testing in both cities.

In his concluding comments, Rajesh Tope urged the people of the state to not panic and just follow social distancing norms strictly.

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