New Delhi: Just a day after Centre called for a high level meet to review unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases in India, Country’s single day tally on Monday touched worrisome mark of 1,03,558 fresh Covid cases, taking the total tally to 1,25,89,067.
During the meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi had directed that central teams need to visit Maharashtra, Punjab and Chhattisgarh in view of the ongoing surge in the number of new infections and deaths. The Central teams will comprise health specialists and clinicians, government sources said.
The 5-fold strategy of testing, tracing, treatment, Covid appropriate behaviour and vaccination, if properly implemented, would be the most effective, it was discussed in the meeting, attended by the principal secretary to PM, cabinet secretary, home secretary, chairperson (Empowered group on Vaccine Administration), health secretary, DG ICMR among others.
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-After the review meet, PM Modi tweeted, “Reviewed the COVID-19 and vaccination related situation across the country. Reiterated the importance of the five fold strategy of testing, tracing, treatment, Covid-appropriate behaviour and vaccination as an effective way to fight the global pandemic. (sic)”
-As India grapples with the second wave of COVID-19, Maharashtra, the worst-hit state in the country, saw the highest-ever daily surge with 57,074 fresh infections on Sunday. Mumbai, India’s financial capital, also saw the highest-ever single-day spike with 11,163 new infections, taking the city’s tally to 4,52,445 cases.
-The state CM Uddhav Thackeray too held a cabinet meet on Sunday in which he announced new restrictions including a night curfew in the state and a “strict lockdown” over the weekends from Friday 8 pm to Monday 7 am amid the unprecedented Covid surge.
-The central government has decided to send teams to Maharashtra, Punjab and Chhattisgarh because of the high number of fresh daily cases and the disproportionate number of deaths.
-Delhi also recorded a huge spike of 4,000 fresh infections taking the Covid tally to 6.76,414 infections. This is the highest daily surge this year. It was one of the top five states that reported the highest number of cases in the last 24 hours.
-Chhattisgarh (5,250), Karnataka (4,553) and Uttar Pradesh (4,136) are the other three states that saw the biggest spike in cases in the last 24 hours, the government data shows.
-The last time India recorded the biggest surge in daily infections was on September 17 when 97,894 infections were recorded in a single day.
-The sudden increase in corona cases comes ahead of polling in four states – Assam, Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Kerala – and Pondicherry, a union territory. The Election Commission has ensured Covid protocols are strictly followed at polling booths.
-Last week, India widened its vaccination campaign to all those who are 45 and above. The country aims to vaccinate over 30 crore people by July. India has logged the third highest number of cases in the world after the United States and Brazil.
The situation of Maharashtra, Punjab and Chhattisgarh is the most precarious, experts in the meeting pointed out. Maharashtra has contributed 57 per cent of total cases in the country in the last 14 days and 47 per cent of deaths in the country during the same period, while the state is seeing its worst daily rise of infections.
Punjab’s contribution to the total number of cases remains only 4.5 per cent, but its addition of 16.3 per cent to the death toll is worrying, experts discussed.
Like Punjab, Chhattisgarh too is contributing more to the daily death toll, the experts noted as a threadbare discussion on where each state and Union territory is standing was held.