In India, three states besides Kerala and Maharashtra have witnessed an increase in new cases, as per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data released on Tuesday (March 2). These are Punjab, Tamil Nadu, and Gujarat who have witnessed a worrying increase in daily new cases. Unlike the previous belief, Maharashtra leads the board with the maximum number of new cases followed by Kerala, and unexpectedly Punjab comes third in terms of new numbers.
As per Tuesday’s update, Maharashtra reported the highest daily new cases at 6,397, followed by Kerala with 1,938 while Punjab reported 633 new cases. Two states, Maharashtra and Kerala, if combined, account for 67.84 per cent of total active cases in the country.
These five states cumulatively account for 84.16 per cent of the total active cases in the country. Maharashtra alone accounts for 46.82 per cent of India’s total active cases, followed by Kerala with 28.61 per cent.
As per Health Ministry, a total of eight states including five which were mentioned earlier are displaying an upward trajectory in daily new cases and have been placed in ‘states in focus’ category. These include Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, and Karnataka as well.
“The Centre is continuously engaging with the States and UTs manifesting higher caseload of active cases and those reporting a rise in the daily new COVID cases. States/UTs have been advised to maintain a continued rigorous vigil for containing the spread of COVID-19. Need for effective testing, comprehensive tracking, prompt isolation of positive cases and quick quarantine of close contacts are strongly emphasized,” Ministry said in a release today.
As per the Ministry, six States/UTs have a weekly Positivity Rate higher than the national average of 2.00 per cent. Maharashtra leads all the states with a weekly positivity rate of 10.02 per cent. Others are Kerala (4.57 per cent), Goa (3.90 per cent), Chandigarh (3. 16 per cent), Punjab (2.37 per cent) and Gujarat (2.04 per cent).
On the bright side, 19 states/UTs have not reported any COVID19 deaths in the last 24 hours. These are West Bengal, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Lakshadweep, Ladakh (UT), Sikkim, Tripura, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, A&N Islands, D&D & D&N, and Arunachal Pradesh.