It’s not just Maharashtra, but also Kerala, Punjab, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh that have recorded an upsurge in daily new cases of Covid-19, the Union Health Ministry said. As per the ministry, Punjab has reported 383 new cases in the last 24 hours while Chhattisgarh reported 259 new cases and Madhya Pradesh reported 297 new cases in a day.
On Saturday, India reported 13,993 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the total tally of cases in the country to 1,09,77,387, according to data from the Union Health Ministry. With 101 deaths in the last 24 hours, the death toll reached 1,56,212.
India’s present active caseload now consists of 1.30 per cent of India’s total positive cases. The government has now said that some states are “seeing an upsurge in daily new cases”.
The Centre in its statement said that while Kerala continues to report a high number of coronavirus cases, over the past seven days, Chhattisgarh has also seen a rise in daily new cases.
The health ministry has further stressed the importance of following Covid protocols and adhere to the appropriate behaviour for breaking the chain of transmission and containment of the spread of Covid-19.
The health ministry data stated that 1,07,15,304 people have been vaccinated so far. The data shows an uneven pattern of distribution, with several states and the Union Territories injecting doses to less than 50 per cent of their target frontline workers. Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Punjab are among the larger states yet to reach 50 per cent vaccine coverage.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday held a televised conference where he expressed his concern over the growing number of Covid-19 cases in the state. During the press briefing, the chief minister said that there were 7,000 new Covid cases in Maharashtra on Sunday. He also informed that the new Covid wave is strongest in Amravati, Akola and Yavatmal area. “Will allow taking district authorities to bring restrictions as and when they feel,” CM Udhav said.
Maharashtra has accounted for the highest number of daily coronavirus cases in India as of Friday. In the past 24 hours, 6,112 daily new cases were reported from the state. Owing to which, a total of 1305 buildings has been sealed in Mumbai, 71,838 households residing in these sealed buildings, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has said.
Only two states, Maharashtra and Kerala, account for 75.87 per cent of the total number of active Covid-19 cases, the ministry added.
The ministry said 18 states/UTs have not reported any Covid-19 deaths in the last 24 hours.
These are Telangana, Haryana, J&K (UT), Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh, Tripura, Assam, Chandigarh, Lakshadweep, Manipur, Meghalaya, Ladakh (UT), Mizoram, Sikkim, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu.
With PTI inputs
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