Five states account for over 70% of new COVID cases

at 1:29 pm
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New Delhi (NVI): Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu continue to report a high number of daily new coronavirus cases and they collectively account for 71.10 per cent of the 28,903 new cases reported in the last 24 hours, Union Health Ministry said.

Around 83.91 per cent of the new cases are from Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu and Kerala, according to the Health Ministry statement.

“Maharashtra alone accounts for 61.8 per cent of the daily new cases with 17,864 cases, followed by Kerala with 1,970 while Punjab reported 1,463 new cases,” it added.

Besides, Kerala is reporting a consistently declining trend over the last one month.

On the other hand, the country’s active COVID-19 cases stands at 2.34 lakh (2,34,406), comprising 2.05 per cent of the total cases, the statement said.

It added that Maharashtra, Kerala and Punjab account for 76.4 per cent of India’s active cases, with Maharashtra alone contributing nearly 60 per cent.

In a significant development, more than 3.5 crore (3,50,64,536) vaccine doses have been administered through 5,86,855 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am, the Health Ministry latest data shows.

“These include 75,06,155HCWs (1st dose), 45,54,855HCWs (2nd dose), 76,00,030FLWs (1st dose) and16,47,644FLWs (2nd Dose), 21,66,408beneficiaries aged more than 45 years with specific co-morbidities (1st Dose) and1,15,89,444beneficiaries aged more than 60 years, it added.

Also, on day 60 of the vaccination drive March 16, 2021), more than 21 lakh (21,17,104) vaccine doses were given. Of these, 17,82,553 beneficiaries were vaccinated across 30,871 sessions for 1st dose (HCWs and FLWs) and 3,34,551HCWs and FLWs received 2nd dose of vaccine.

Apart from that, the country’s cumulative COVID-19 recoveries stand at 1,10,45,284 and the national recovery rate has also improved to 96.56 per cent.

In last 24 hours, 188 deaths were reported across the country, the statement said, adding that, “Six states account for 86.7 per cent of the new deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (87). Punjab follows with 38 daily deaths. Kerala reported 15 deaths.”