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Coronavirus: 40% of the cases in India registered in the last 2 days | India News


NEW DELHI: Covid-19 count continued to rise across the country with at least 78 new cases reported by states on Saturday, beating Friday’s figure of 57 as the highest for a single day and bringing the total number of cases in the country to 333.

Kerala (12), Maharashtra (11) and Punjab (10) reported new cases in double digits even when the national count in the last two days was 133, representing 40% of all cases since the first was confirmed in January. 30)

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While Maharashtra and Kerala together account for more than a third of all cases, government data shows that new hotspots are emerging, such as Bhilwara in Rajasthan, where 11 new cases have been reported in the past 48 hours. Punjab and Gujarat have also witnessed a significant increase in Covid-19 cases.

Meanwhile, Assam may become the 22nd state in the country to report a Covid-19 case. A four-and-a-half-year-old girl, who had recently traveled from Bihar, tested positive for the infection in Jorhat. Your sample has been sent for confirmation to an ICMR laboratory in Dibrugarh.

In total, new cases from 13 states were reported, indicating the spread of infection across the country. The Union’s health ministry confirmed 283 cases, including 23 that have been recovered.

The Covid-19 case ministry count includes 39 foreign nationals, one patient who has migrated, and four people who have died.

The government admitted that Covid-19 infections were spreading, but said there was still no evidence of community transmission, which occurs in Stage III of an outbreak. Joint (health) secretary Lav Aggarwal said Saturday that more cases have been found in some places. “Yesterday (Friday), there were 6,700 contacts (of Covid-19 positive cases) and now there are 7,000. This number is increasing and if objective information shows that there is community transmission, we will tell the nation, “he said.

Additionally, the government is sending a special flight to bring 262 Indians trapped in Rome in Italy, where the Covid-19 outbreak has taken a gruesome form that claims more than 4,000 lives.

On Sunday Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on people to observe a “janata curfew”. All policemen using police vehicles in Delhi will sound the siren at 5pm for a minute and the Prime Minister has urged people to express their appreciation for the work hospitals, airports do, hitting utensils or clapping for five minutes for the curfew. .

Meanwhile, the central government held a video conference on Saturday to train hospital staff in all states to manage critical care in case more hospitalization is needed with the increasing cases of Covid-19.

In addition, all states have been asked to conduct drills on Sunday on how to handle OPD, IPD, ambulance patient transfer and infection control measures in case of crisis, authorities said.

Gujarat appears to emerge as a new access point for the virus. Between March 19-21, the number of Covid-19 cases in the state increased from two to 14. While 13 positives had a history of traveling abroad, the state also registered its first Covid-19 patient, a 67-year-old patient. old Surat, who had no international travel history but had recently visited Delhi and Jaipur for work.

To contain a Covid-19 outbreak in the state, the health department now faces the difficult task of tracking 47,000 people with a history of foreign travel. About 100 people, who have come into contact with the positive cases, are also under the scanner.

Bhilwara, meanwhile, could be sitting on a time bomb as 11 cases have been reported from there in the past two days. All infected are doctors and nurses with no recent history of foreign travel. Since Friday night, the entire city is under curfew.

In Odisha, where two cases of Covid-19 were confirmed, CM Naveen Patnaik announced the total closure of five districts and eight major cities, including Bhubaneswar and Puri, for a week to control the spread of the disease. These are the places to which more than 70% of the 3,200 foreign returnees belong. The closing will begin at 7 a.m. on Sunday and will continue until 9 p.m. of March.

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