A day ago, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that India has crossed one crore mark in terms of doses of Covid-19 vaccine given to people across the country in just 34 days. He called it a historic achievement. Today, the Central government has confirmed that Covid cases are on the rise in five Indian states. Even though India’s present active caseload is 1.30% of total positive cases, amounting to 1,43,127, states like Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh are witnessing an upsurge in coronavirus cases.
While Kerala continues to report a high number of daily new cases, in the last 7 days, Chhattisgarh has also seen a rise in number, reporting 259 daily new cases.
In the past week, Maharashtra has accounted for the highest number of daily new cases in the country, with 6,112 Covid-19 cases being the latest today.
Similarly, a sudden spike in number has been observed in Punjab in the last 7 days, reporting 383 new cases in the last 24 hours. And Madhya Pradesh also, since 13 Feb 2021, has witnessed a surge in coronavirus infections, with 297 new cases registered the last day.
86.69% of new coronavirus cases in India are from six states, while two states – Maharashtra and Kerala – account for 75.87% of total active cases.
In India, a total of 101 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, out of which five Indian states accounted for 78.22% of the new deaths. Maharashtra witnessed the maximum casualties with the death of 44 people while Kerala reported 15 deaths and 8 people died due to Covid-19 in Punjab.
Eighteen states/UTs have not reported any COVID19 deaths in the last 24 hours.
Centre cautions people to adhere to safety measures
The Centre has cautioned people reiterating the importance of adherence to COVID appropriate behavior for breaking the chain of transmission of the virus and containment of the spread of the disease.
Meanwhile, with the help of modern healthcare infrastructure facilities and the Test-Track-Treat method, over 21 crore Covid-19 tests have been conducted in the country and the cumulative national Positivity Rate has seen a consistent decline in the last thirteen days. It presently stands at 5.22%.
A total of 1,07,15,204 vaccine doses have been administered through 2,22,313 sessions till this morning. These include 63,28,479 HCWs (1st dose), 8,47,161 HCWs (2nd dose) and 35,39,564 FLWs (1st dose). Total nine States have administered more than five lakh doses to the people.
The second dose of COVID19 vaccination started on 13 February 2021 for those beneficiaries who had completed 28 days after receipt of the first dose and the vaccination of frontline workers started on 2 Feb 2021.
As per the government data, a total of 1.06 Cr people have recovered from the Covid-19, out of which 10,307 patients recovered and got discharged in the last 24 hours. India’s Recovery Rate at 97.27% is amongst the highest in the world.