India recorded nearly 47,000 cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19), in yet another spike in daily infections, indicating a resurgence of the virus in the world’s third-worst affected country after the United States and Brazil, the Union ministry of health and family welfare’s data showed on Monday.
According to the Union health ministry’s dashboard updated at 8am, India registered 46,951 cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases, 21,180 recoveries and 212 deaths in the last 24 hours. With this, the total number of cases in the country mounted to 1,16,46,081. Of these 1,11,51,468 have recovered. The total number of active cases in the country stands at 3,34,646, while the death toll is at 1,59,967.The number is the highest since November. On Sunday, India recorded 43,846 cases ,With 21,180 recoveries between Sunday and Monday morning, according to the health ministry. The national recovery rate now stands at 95.75%.
The ministry’s dashboard also showed that 4,50,65,998 people have been vaccinated against Covid-19 across the country to date. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said 23,44,45,774 samples were tested for Covid-19 up to Sunday and of these, 880,655 samples were tested on the same day.
The health ministry said on Sunday Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh account for 83.14 per cent of the new infections. Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Gujarat and Haryana are displaying an upward trajectory in daily new cases, according to the ministry.
Maharashtra, which has logged the highest number of cases in India since the start of the pandemic, yet again saw its biggest single-day jump in fresh cases. 30,535 new infections on Sunday took the tally to 24,79,682. With 3,775 new infections, Mumbai, the country’s financial capital, also saw the highest-single day cases.
Punjab (2,644), Kerala (1,875), Karnataka (1,715) and Gujarat (1,580) were the other four states that saw the highest number of infections across the country in 24 hours, per the Health Ministry data.
The health ministry also warned that a huge gathering of devotees for the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar could send Covid-19 cases surging. Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan in a letter to Uttarakhand’s chief secretary strongly highlighting the concerns raised by a high-level central team about the need for stringent measures to control the spread of the disease. “The state has been informed that the daily testing numbers reported in Haridwar (i.e.50,000 Rapid Antigen Tests and 5,000 RTPCR tests) are not enough to effectively offset the huge number of expected pilgrim footfall. It has been advised that the share of RTPCR tests being conducted at present needs to be significantly increased as per the ICMR guidelines to ensure that the pilgrims and local population are appropriately tested,” the letter read.
“The state government is also advised to undertake the following measures:- Follow scrupulously the SOPs issued by MoHFW. Display signages to disseminate the main points of these SoPs; Increase awareness of self-reporting, especially among local population, in case of symptoms suggestive of COVID-19,” it added.
The central team led by the director of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) visited Uttarakhand on March 16-17 to review the medical and public health measures undertaken by the state for the ongoing Kumbh Mela in Haridwar.
India is witnessing a surge in cases ahead of assembly polls in four states and one union territory which begin on Saturday. The government is also trying to speed up the vaccination drive.
Worldwide, over 12.3 crore people have contracted the virus so far; 27 lakh people have died.