MUMBAI: Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray said at a video conference with PM Modi on Tuesday that Maharashtra had not hidden a single Covid -19 case or death. The PM chaired a video conference with CMs of the 10 worst-affected states, including Maharashtra, that have contributed nearly 80% of cases in India.

Modi said states should work to bring down their death rate—it is 3.4% in the state and 5.5% in Mumbai.
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Thackeray said Maharashtra “did not hide a single case or death” and had shared all information with transparency.
Public health minister Rajesh Tope, who also attended the meet, said, “A target has been given to us to reduce our death rate and rate of positivity. We have increased testing and are using antigen kits as well, and our early detection system will also help bring down our death rate.”
Modi said if high-risk contacts of a patient are tested in 72 hours, there is a high chance that the spread of the disease could be curbed further.
Thackeray said the state was setting up health infrastructure to deal with patients showing post-Covid complications, and the state would set up dedicated hospitals for treating epidemic diseases.
He reiterated the demand for not holding final year exams for non-professional courses. He said a national-level decision should be taken to declare results by giving students aggregate marks. A decision needs to be taken on exams of final-year medical students as well, he said.
The Maharashtra government has urged the Centre to again include masks and sanitizers in the list of essential items so that their prices would continue to be regulated.
Asked about the local train network, Tope told mediapersons that starting local train services was a prerogative of the Centre, and in fact even adding more services or allowing more people to board trains had to be done with the Centre’s permission.

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