Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad Among 15 Districts Critical In India’s Battle Against Covid-19
A man has a swab taken by a medical technician at a mobile Covid-19 testing van in New Delhi, India. (Photographer. T. Narayan/Bloomberg)

Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad Among 15 Districts Critical In India’s Battle Against Covid-19

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NITI Aayog Chief Executive Officer Amitabh Kant has identified 15 districts—including Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad—as "high case load" and said India's success in battling the Covid-19 pandemic is dependent on them.

Out of these 15, seven districts have particularly high volume of Covid-19 cases: Hyderabad (Telangana), Pune (Maharashtra), Jaipur (Rajasthan), Indore (Madhya Pradesh), Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Mumbai (Maharashtra) and Delhi.

The other “high case load" places that are “critical” in the battle against coronavirus are: Vadodara (Gujarat), Kurnool (Andhra Pradesh), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), Jodhpur (Rajasthan), Agra (Uttar Pradesh), Thane (Maharashtra), Chennai (Tamil Nadu) and Surat (Gujarat).

India has been under lockdown since March 25 to combat the spread of coronavirus which, as of 8:00 am on April 28, has infected more than 29,000 people in the country. More than 900 people succumbed to Covid-19.

The government had on March 29 constituted 11 empowered groups to suggest measures to ramp up healthcare, put the economy back on track and reduce misery of people as quickly as possible. Kant heads the Empowered Group (EG 6) on coordinating with non-governmental and international organisations.

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