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Active cases in India at 1,51,708, more than 89 percent of new cases from seven states | India News

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NEW DELHI: India’s active Covid-19 cases totaled 1,51,708, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday, noting that the increase was due to an increase in daily new cases in some states such as Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil. Nadu, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh.
A total of 16,738 new daily cases have been registered in a period of 24 hours.
The ministry said 89.57 percent of the new cases are from seven states.
Maharashtra continues to report the highest daily new cases with 8,807. Kerala follows with 4,106 cases, while Punjab reported 558 new cases.
The Center has delegated high-level multidisciplinary teams in Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Jammu and Kashmir (UT) to determine the reasons for the increase and coordinate with the state departments of health in the control and containment measures of Covid-19.
The Center has also written to states and UT to focus on taking aggressive action to break the chain of transmission.
States and UTs have been advised to increase testing in a targeted manner in affected districts with proper splitting of RT-PCR and rapid antigen tests and to also ensure that all symptomatic negatives of antigen tests are tested Mandatory by RT-PCR tests.
Positive people should be isolated / hospitalized, all their close contacts should be traced and also examined without delay. They have been advised to critically review the emerging situation on a regular basis with concerned district officials to ensure that progress made so far in managing Covid-19 is not lost.

Times of India

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