Six states continue to report spike in COVID-19 cases

March 08, 2021 | Updated 12:24 pm

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Six states namely Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu have continued to report a surge in COVID- 19 cases, according to the data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday (March 8). The six states cumulatively account for 86.25 per cent of the new cases reported across the country in the past 24 hours. As per the ministry, India reported 18,599 new cases on March 8.

Among these six, Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 11,141. It is followed by Kerala with 2,100 while Punjab reported 1,043 new cases. Read: COVID-19: 36 people test positive in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly

Eight States/UTs have a weekly Positivity Rate more than the National Average (2.29 per cent). Maharashtra has the highest weekly positivity rate with 11.13per cent.

The Centre has already rushed high-level multi-disciplinary public health teams to Maharashtra and Punjab on Saturday (March 6, 2021). They were deployed to assist the State Health Departments in COVID-19 surveillance, control and containment measures. The Centre on a regular basis is holding high-level review meetings with the states and UTs which have continued to show a surge in new daily cases. while the Health Secretary is holding weekly review meetings as part of the Centre’s efforts to continuously engage with the states and UTs reporting a higher caseload of active cases and those showing rise in daily new COVID19 cases.

This has been done after India witnessed a sharp rise in the COVID-19 cases. The country was witnessing a fall in cases under the 10,000 mark during the past month, however, the cases climbed to 18,711 new cases on March 7, the highest in two months. Centre’s high-level teams are already deputed to Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, and Jammu and Kashmir to support them in their fight against the recent spike in COVID-19 cases.

As of Monday (March 8), India’s total Active caseload reached 1,88,747 cases, and the present active caseload now stands at 1.68 per cent of India’s total Positive cases. On the bright side, the death toll stood below 100 at 97 and the cumulative tests conducted in the country surpassed 22 crores (22,19,68,271). The national cumulative positivity rate currently stands at 5.06 per cent.

India’s COVID-19 vaccination program has inoculated more than 2.09 cr people at (2,09,89,010) as per the provisional report till 7 am today (March 8).

These include 69,85,911 HCWs (1st dose), 35,47,548 HCWs (2nd dose), 66,09,537 FLWs (1st dose) and 2,13,559 FLWs (2nd Dose), 4,80,661 beneficiaries aged more than 45 years with specific co-morbidities (1st Dose) and 31,51,794 beneficiaries aged more than 60 years, according to Ministry of Health.