New Delhi: India reported almost over 63,000 cases on Sunday as the tally for new cases reached 62,714 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The number of people recovered also saw a jump as 62,258 recoveries were reported by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The number of deaths however climbed above 300 in the country as 312 people lost their lives across India on Saturday.
The new rise in cases pushed the total case tally to 1,19,71,624 cases, while the recoveries rose to 1,13,23,762 patients being released in total so far. The death toll in the country rose above 1,61,500 as 1,61,552 people have succumbed to COVID-19 infection, data showed.
The total number of doses administered in the country rose above 60 million on Sunday as 6,02,69,782 doses have been administered, as per the Health Ministry data. Out of these 21,54,170 beneficiaries received their COVID-19 vaccines in the last 24 hours.
The data points to a dangerous uptick in the number of new cases as India recorded 62,714 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, 456 more cases more than it did on March 27.
Across India, six states – Maharashtra, Punjab, Kerala, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh and Gujarat are continuing to report a surge in daily new cases, the data released by the Ministry of Health showed on March 27. Among these six, Maharashtra alone reported 35,726 new cases in the last 24 hours.
Another state Karnataka reported 2,886 new cases on Sunday, pushing the total tally to 9,83,930 cases in the state. Taking note of the sudden rise in the state, Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar briefed the press about the measures taken in Bengaluru, to address the increase in COVID-19 cases on Thursday.
RT-PCR tests has been made compulsory for those coming to Bengaluru from other states and are staying in the city. However, RT-PCR test is not compulsory for those coming on business trips but for the ones who come and stay in Bengaluru for a longer period of time.
He cautioned that apartment complexes in the city have become COVID hot spots, therefore marshalls will soon be deployed at markets, bus stations, railway stations, theatres, marriage halls, religious places, schools and colleges to keep a vigil.
The Health Minsiter urged people in the state to avoid any form of public gathering for the next two months to break the transmission chain in Bengaluru.
MHA Releases new COVID-19 guidelines
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued an order on March 23 with guidelines for effective control of COVID-19, which will be effective from April 1, 2021, and will remain in force till April 30, 2021. Keeping in view a fresh surge in COVID-19 cases, in some states, the guidelines provides directions to the states and UT governments to strictly enforce the Test- Track-Treat protocol in all parts of the country. They also instruct strict observance of COVID appropriate behaviour and have asked the states to scale up the vaccination drive by 70 per cent and cover all the target groups.
The main focus of the guidelines is to consolidate the substantial gains achieved in containing the spread of COVID-19, which was visible in the sustained decline in the number of active cases, continuously for about 5 months.