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Surge in 6 states, Maharashtra is the most affected: India’s Covid situation on 6 lists | India News

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NEW DELHI: A marginal, but steady increase in daily coronavirus cases has stoked new concerns in India, even as the country has expanded its vaccination campaign to include seniors and those over 45 with comorbid illnesses.
Here’s a snapshot of India’s Covid-19 situation in 6 charts
6 states lead the rise of Covid
Six states – Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Gujarat – continue to experience an increase in new infections, accounting for 87% of new cases in the past 24 hours.

The two worst affected states, Kerala and Maharashtra, account for nearly two-thirds of all active cases in the country.
Also, these are the only two states with more than 10,000 active cases.
Similarly, 87% of the 106 deaths reported in the last 24 hours were also reported in these states.

Maharashtra recorded the highest number of victims with 62, followed by Kerala (15) and Punjab (7).
Several states report upward trajectory
India reported 15,510 new cases on Monday, and Maharashtra reported the highest daily count at 8,293.
Kerala followed with 3,254 cases, while Punjab recorded 579 new infections.

In addition to Maharashtra, states such as Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Gujarat have witnessed a gradual increase in new infections in recent days.
Grim situation in Maharashtra
With more than 8,000 new cases daily over the past 5 days, the coronavirus situation in the worst-hit state in India remains grim.

This, even as the state government and local administrations have begun to take various measures to slow the spread of the virus.
The state accounts for almost half of India’s active cases and 58% of new daily deaths.

Prime Minister Uddhav Thackery had recently warned that his administration will be forced to impose another lockdown if people do not follow appropriate Covid guidelines, such as wearing masks or social distancing.
Center in contact with the states
Meanwhile, the Center has said it is continually collaborating with states and UTs that report higher numbers of active cases and those that see an increase in new cases daily.
The government has advised states / UT to maintain a continuous rigorous vigil to contain the spread of Covid-19.
“The need for effective testing, comprehensive follow-up, rapid isolation of positive cases and rapid quarantine of close contacts is strongly emphasized,” the Health Ministry said in a statement.
No recent deaths in 20 states / UT
On the bright side, as many as 21 states / UTs have reported fewer than 1,000 active cases in the last 24 hours. Arunachal Pradesh has not reported any active cases in the last 24 hours.
The government said that twenty states / UTs did not report a single death from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours.

These are Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Puducherry, Assam, Manipur, Sikkim, Mizoram, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Lakshadweep, Meghalaya, Ladakh, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Uttarakhand, Daman Dadrahand and Nagar Haveli.
The vaccination campaign begins
Meanwhile, India has started the second phase of its Covid-19 vaccination campaign, which will cover people over 60 and over 45 with certain ailments.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi led India’s vaccination campaign from the front lines after he took the first dose of Covaxin from Bharat Biotech earlier that day. Several political leaders followed, including Bihar Prime Minister Nitish Kumar and Odisha Prime Minister Naveen Patniak.
The Health Ministry has said that a total of 1,43,01,266 doses of vaccines have been administered to beneficiaries through 2.92,312 sessions.
Of these, 24,56,191 have been fully vaccinated, that is, they have received both injections of the vaccine.

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