Eight states account for 84% of new COVID cases in India

at 4:43 pm
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New Delhi (NVI): Maharashtra, Karnataka, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Chhattisgarh have reported high number of daily new coronavirus cases and they together account for 84.5 per cent of the new cases reported in last 24 hours.

A total of 68,020 new cases were registered in the past 24 hours across the country.

“Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 40,414. It is followed by Karnataka with 3,082 while Punjab reported 2,870 new cases,” the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

Ten states — Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Haryana and Rajasthan — are displaying an upward trajectory in the daily new cases, it said.

Meanwhile, the country’s total active COVID-19 cases has reached 5,21,808. The present active caseload now stands at 4.33 per cent of total positive cases. A net incline of 35,498 cases recorded from the total active caseload in the last 24 hours, the ministry said

“Five States—Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka and Chhattisgarh cumulatively account for 80.17 per cent of the total active cases in the country,” it added.

About seventeen States and UTs have lower cases per million than the national average (8,724), while 19 States and UTs have a higher cases per million than the national average.

According to the ministry, the total vaccination coverage in India has crossed 6 crores. More than 6.05 crore (6,05,30,435) vaccine doses have been administered through 9,92,483 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am.

This includes 81,56,997 healthcare workers (1st dose), 51,78,065 healthcare workers (2nd dose), 89,12,113 frontline workers (1st dose) and 36,92,136 FLWs (2nd Dose).

Besides, 67,31,223 beneficiaries aged more than 45 years with specific co-morbidities (1st Dose) and 2,78,59,901 beneficiaries aged more than 60 years have also been administered the first dose.

On March 28, on day 72 of the vaccination drive, total 2,60,653 vaccine doses were given. Out of which, 2,18,798 beneficiaries were vaccinated across 7,465 sessions for 1st dose and 41,855 HCWs and FLWs received 2nd dose of vaccine, the ministry noted.

Further, the country’s cumulative COVID-19 recoveries stand at 1,13,55,993 with 32,231 people cured and recovered in the last 24 hours. However, the national recovery rate is improved to 94.32 per cent.

Apart from that, 291 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, the statement said, adding that ,”Seven States account for 81.79 per cent of the new deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (108). Punjab follows with 69 daily deaths.”