Expressing concern over the rise in active COVID-19 cases in a few states, including Maharashtra, the Centre on Thursday advised people to be "careful and watchful" and not lower guard as the pandemic is not yet over.
At a press conference, NITI Aayog member (Health) V K Paul termed the coronavirus situation, especially in Maharashtra, "worrisome".
"We are very worried about the rise in cases in Maharashtra.
Don't take this virus for granted.
It can come up unexpectedly.
If we have to remain free of this virus, COVID-appropriate behavior, containment strategy as well as vaccination has to be brought in," Paul said.
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