COVID-19: Infections Continue To Rise In Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, TN, Gujarat, Karnataka

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Eight states namely Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Karnataka and Haryana are displaying an upward trajectory in daily new COVID-19 cases, the health ministry highlighted.

These states account for 85.95 per cent of the cases reported in a span of 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 7,863. It is followed by Kerala with 2,938, while Punjab reported 729 new cases.

“Maharashtra, Punjab, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana and Karnataka have shown the maximum increase in new cases on a week on week basis,” the health ministry said.

Maharashtra alone accounted for a weekly increase of 16,012 cases.

In percentage terms, Punjab reported a weekly increase of 71.5 per cent (1,783 cases).

The Centre is continuously engaging with the states and union territories reporting higher caseload of active cases and those reporting a spike in the daily new COVID-19 cases, the ministry underlined.

The central government has also rushed high-level teams to Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, and Jammu and Kashmir to support them in their fight against the recent spike in COVID-19 cases. The three-member teams are headed by joint secretary-level officers in the Health Ministry.

They will ascertain the reasons for the surge and coordinate with the state health departments in COVID-19 control and containment measures.

The second phase of Covid-19 vaccination commenced from March 1 for those who are over 60 years of age and for people aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions.

More than 1.54 crore (1,54,61,864) vaccine doses have been administered through 3,12,188 sessions, according to provisional report till Wednesday 7 am.

These include 67,42,187 healthcare workers (1st dose), 27,13,144 HCWs (2nd dose), 55,70,230 FLWs (1st dose) and 834 FLWs (2nd dose), 71,896 beneficiaries aged more than 45 years with specific co-morbidities (1st dose) and 5,22,458 beneficiaries aged more than 60 years.

India reported 14,989 fresh COVID-19 cases on Wednesday – 22 per cent higher than Tuesday – taking the tally to 1,11, 39,516, according to the Union Health Ministry. Total discharges in India is now at 1,08,12,044 with 13,123 discharges in past 24 hours. The death toll in India is at 1,57,346 with 98 deaths reported since yesterday.

(With Agency Inputs)

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