Maha COVID-19 surge: Thane officials meet to assess situation

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Thane, Feb 19 (PTI) Civic and police officials in Thane held a meeting on Friday to assess the COVID-19 situation in view of the surge in cases in some parts of Maharashtra, especially Vidarbha.

Officials said the meeting was chaired by Thane Municipal Commissioner Vipin Sharma who directed all departments to ensure COVID care facilities that had been used during the height of the outbreak can be reactivated as soon as the situation warrants.

Thane added 506 COVID-19 cases on Thursday and its overall tally currently stands at 2,59,125, while the death toll is 6,219.

Sharma said the positivity rate in the city had jumped from 2.5 per cent earlier to around 5 per cent in the past couple of days, but added there were enough number of beds, ventilators etc to tackle a surge.

He, however, refused to speak about the possibility of a lockdown in the city due to the spike in cases and called such talk 'premature'. PTI COR BNM BNM