Six states continue to show surge in daily COVID cases

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New Delhi (NVI): The states of Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Karnataka continue to report a surge in the daily coronavirus new cases, Union Health Ministry said.

These states account for 85.95 per cent of 14,989 fresh cases registered in the last 24 hours.

“Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 7,863, followed by Kerala with 2,938 while Punjab reported 729 new cases,” the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

It added that Maharashtra, Punjab, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana and Karnataka have shown the maximum increase in new cases on a week on week basis and Maharashtra alone accounted for a weekly increase of 16,012 cases, in terms of the number of cases.

In this regard, the Centre is continuously engaging with the states and UTs reporting higher caseload of active cases and those reporting a spike in the daily new COVID-19 cases, the ministry noted.

Meanwhile, the country’s total active COVID-19 cases has reached 1,70,126. The present active caseload now stands at 1.53 per cent of total positive cases.

The ministry also said that Kerala, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Jammu & Kashmir show a reduction in the active cases in past 24 hours, while Maharashtra, Punjab, Delhi, Karnataka and Gujarat display a rise in the active cases during the same time period.

Apart from that, more than 1.56 crore (1,56,20,749) vaccine doses have been administered as on March 3 till 7 am through 3,12,188 sessions in India, the statement said.

These include 67,42,187 HCWs (1st dose), 27,13,144 HCWs (2nd dose), 55,70,230 FLWs (1st dose) and 834 FLWs (2nd Dose), 71,896 beneficiaries aged more than 45 years with specific co-morbidities (1st Dose) and 5,22,458 beneficiaries aged more than 60 years, it added.

The second dose of COVID-19 vaccination started on February 13 for those beneficiaries who have completed 28 days after receipt of the first dose.

Whereas, the next phase of vaccination commenced from March 1 for those who are over 60 years of age and for people aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions.

Yesterday, as on day 46 of the vaccination drive, a total of 7,68,730 vaccine doses were given, the ministry said. “Out of which, 6,52,501 beneficiaries were vaccinated across 10,527 sessions for first dose (HCWs and FLWs) and 1,16,229 HCWs and FLWs received second dose of vaccine,” it said.

Furthermore, more than 1.08 crore (1,08,12,044) people has recovered in the country so far with 13,123 patients being cured and discharged in the last 24 hours.

Around 86.58 per cent of the new recovered cases are observed to be concentrated in 6 States, the statement said. Out of which, Maharashtra has reported the maximum number of single day recoveries with 6,332 cases. 3,512 people recovered in Kerala in the past 24 hours followed by 473 in Tamil Nadu, it added.