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COVID-19 | Eight States continue to display upward trajectory in new daily cases

A staff member checks the temperature as students arrive to attend a school in Srinagar, on March 8.   | Photo Credit: NISSAR AHMAD

The country reported 18,599 new COVID-19 cases, 14,278 recoveries and 97 deaths in the last 24 hours, a release issued by the Union Health Ministry said on Monday.

 

It now has 1,88,747 active cases, with the cumulative death toll of 1,57,853, total cases 1,12,29,398 and total recoveries 1,08,82,798.

 

Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Haryana and Gujarat were displaying an upward trajectory in new daily cases, said the Ministry.

 

Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu cumulatively accounted for 86.25% of the new cases reported in the past 24 hours. Maharashtra reported the highest daily new cases at 11,141, followed by Kerala with 2,100 and Punjab 1,043.

Review meetings with States

 

The Ministry said the Centre was regularly holding high-level review meetings with the States and Union Territories (UTs) showing a surge in new daily cases. The Health Secretary was also holding weekly review meetings as part of the Centre’s efforts to continuously engage with the States and UTs reporting higher caseload of active cases and those showing rise in new daily cases.

 

Recently, the Centre rushed high-level public health teams to Maharashtra and Punjab to assist in control and containment measures. It had deputed teams to Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, and Jammu and Kashmir to support them in the fight against the pandemic.

 

These teams interact with the State/UT authorities and get a first-hand understanding of the challenges and issues being faced by them so as to strengthen their ongoing activities and remove bottlenecks, if any.

 

The cumulative tests conducted in the country have surpassed 22 crore (22,19,68,271). The national cumulative positivity rate currently stood at 5.06%.

Weekly positivity rate

 

Maharashtra, Kerala, Chandigarh, Goa, Punjab, Sikkim, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh have a weekly positivity rate more than the national average (2.29%). Maharashtra has the highest weekly positivity rate-11.13%.

 

Giving out details of the vaccination done till 7 a.m. on Monday, the Ministry said that more than 2.09 crore (2,09,89,010) doses had been administered through 3,76,633 sessions, as per a provisional report.

 

These include 69,85,911 health care workers (HCWs) (1st dose), 35,47,548 HCWs (2nd dose), 66,09,537 front line line workers (FLWs) (1st dose) and 2,13,559 FLWs (2nd dose), 4,80,661 beneficiaries aged more than 45 years with specific comorbidities (1st dose) and 31,51,794 beneficiaries aged more than 60 years.

 

The nation reported 97 deaths in the last 24 hours, with seven States accounting for 87.63% of them. Maharashtra saw the maximum of 38. It was followed by Punjab (17) and Kerala (13).

 

Eighteen States/UTs, including Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Chandigarh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Puducherry, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tripura, did not report any COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours.

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