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Around 86% of India’s new Covid-19 cases from 6 states: Health Ministry

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Around 86% of India’s new Covid-19 cases from 6 states: Health Ministry

New Delhi: As India logged 22,854 fresh Covid-19 cases and the administration of Nagpur, Maharashtra on Thursday imposed a 7-days complete lockdown in the district, the data released by Union ministry of health and family welfare on the same day claimed nearly 85.91% infection reported in the last 24 hours are from six states – Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.

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Maharashtra, the worst-affected state of the lot, accounts for almost 60 per cent of the Covid-19 cases reported in the country with 13,659 reported infections, followed by Kerala at 2,475 and Punjab with 1,393, the health ministry said.

The ministry also said Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka and Haryana continue to report an uptick in the number of fresh cases.

Maharashtra also saw the maximum casualties at 54, followed by Punjab with 17 and Kerala with 14 in the last 24 hours, the ministry’s data showed. There were 126 deaths reported in the country in the 24-hour period.

The report released by health ministry also alleged that six Indian states account for 82.54% of the new deaths in the country.

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On the other hand, around 19 states and Union territories – Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Odisha, Goa, Jharkhand, Puducherry, Lakshadweep, Sikkim, Ladakh, Manipur, Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Arunachal Pradesh, have not reported a single death due to the deadly viral disease.

Health ministry’s report also showed the change in the number of active cases for Kerala in the 24-hour period with maximum decline in the figure while Maharashtra the maximum increase.

India has 189,226 active Covid-19 cases, accounting for 1.68% of its total caseload, according to the health ministry.

Referring to a provisional report compiled at Thursday 7am, the ministry revealed that more than 25.6 million vaccine doses have so far been administered in the country through 478,168 sessions. While on the 54th day of the government’s ongoing vaccination drive, 13,17,357 vaccine doses were administered with 10,30,243 people given the first dose and 287,114 healthcare and frontline workers were given the second dose on Wednesday.

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