COVID-19: We Are In Midst Of A Second Surge, Festival Seasons Witness A Spike, Govt Warns People

The Health Ministry Thursday stated that we are still in the second wave of COVID-19 and it is still not over.

“The second surge has not yet concluded. It is not over and, therefore, we have to maintain all necessary precautions, particularly in light of our experience that after every festival we see a spike,” Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said today at a press briefing.

“The coming months of September and October are crucial for us because we would be celebrating a few festivals. Thus, festivals have to be celebrated with Covid-appropriate behaviour,” he added.

His comments came a day after Kerala reported a huge surge of over 30,000 new cases, which was dubbed ‘Onam Spike’ by the state government.

The ministry raised several concerns for districts in Rajasthan, Kerala, and the Northern States for the number of Covid positive cases have increased by almost 10% in these regions.

Key takeaways from the briefing:

Kerala has more than 1 lakh active cases. Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu & Andhra Pradesh have 10,000 to 1 lakh active cases. Kerala contributes to 51%, Maharastra 16% & rest of the three states contribute to 4-5% of the cases in the country: Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan.

It is important to note that 80 lakh doses of vaccine were administered in the country in the last 24 hours. As we speak, more than 47 lakh doses have been administered so far today: Bhushan

Kerala has more than 1 lakh active cases. Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu & Andhra Pradesh have 10,000 to 1 lakh active cases. Kerala contributes to 51%, Maharastra 16% & rest of the three states contribute to 4-5% of the cases in the country: Bhushan

46,000 new cases were reported in the country in the last 24 hours. 58% of these cases were reported from Kerala. The rest of the states are still showing a declining trend: Bhushan

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