Maharashtra, Kerala and 4 other states continue to see rise in daily COVID cases

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New Delhi (NVI): Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu continue to report a surge in the daily coronavirus cases, and together they account for 85.6 per cent of the fresh cases reported in the past 24 hours, Union Health Ministry said.

A total of 23,285 new cases were registered in the last 24 hours across the country.

“Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 14,317 (61.48 per cent of the daily new cases). It is followed by Kerala with 2,133 while Punjab reported 1,305 new cases,” the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

The ministry also said that eight states namely Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka and Haryana are displaying an upward trajectory in daily new cases.

Moreover, the country’s total active cases has reached 1,97,237. The present active caseload now stands at 1.74 per cent of total positive cases.

As many as five states cumulatively account for 82.96 per cent of the total active cases in the country. Two states – Maharashtra and Kerala- account for 71.69 per cent of active cases.

Meanwhile, the Centre is actively engaging with all States and UT governments, especially those showing an upsurge in daily new cases and with a high caseload of active cases, the ministry noted.

In this regard, the Union Government is also regularly reviewing the status of COVID-19 containment and public health measures with them.

Apart from this, more than 2.61 crore (2,61,64,920) vaccine doses have been administered in India through 4,87,919 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am, the statement said.

“These include 72,23,071 HCWs (1st dose), 40,56,285 HCWs (2nd dose), 71,21,124 FLWs (1st dose) and 6,72,794 FLWs (2nd Dose), 10,30,612 beneficiaries aged more than 45 years with specific co-morbidities (1st Dose) and 60,61,034 beneficiaries aged more than 60 years,” it added.

Around 4,80,740 vaccine doses were given on day 55 of the vaccination drive ( March 11), while 4,02,138 beneficiaries were vaccinated across 9,751 sessions for 1st dose (HCWs and FLWs) and 78,602 HCWs and FLWs received 2nd dose of vaccine, the ministry said.

Furthermore, more than 1.09 crore (1,09,53,303) people have recovered so far across the country with 15,157 patients have cured and and discharged in the last 24 hours, the statement added.