New Delhi: India recorded its highest daily Covid tally on Wednesday with 35,871 fresh coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, since early December. While, Maharashtra continues to be the worst effected state, accounting nearly 64% of country’s daily caseload.
The government on March 17 said a total of 70 districts in 16 states have seen an increase of more than 150 per cent in active cases between March 1 and 15. Amid a worrying rise, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a meet on Wednesday with chief ministers.
Decisive steps like management of micro-containment zones and strict enforcement of restrictions were necessary to stop what he called the “emerging second peak” of Covid.
So far, more than 1.14 crore cases have been recorded by India, while 1.59 lakh people have died due to the contraction of this deadly virus.
PM Modi while holding the Wednesday urgent meet with all states CM’s said, “some areas are seeing more of a surge than others” and asked the states to focus on the issue. “If we don’t stop this right now, then there could be a situation of a nationwide outbreak. We have to immediately stop the emerging second peak and take big and decisive steps,” PM Modi told all the attendees.
As per yesterday government data, India has been logging more than 20,000 cases everyday since last week. Around 28,903 Covid cases were reported in the previous 24 hours, which was 24 per cent lower than the latest surge. Meanwhile, nearly 172 deaths- linked to Covid – were logged in the last 24 hours. On Wednesday, the country logged 188 deaths, the highest this week.
While Maharashtra, with over 23 lakh cases logged since the beginning of pandemic, remains the worst hit state of the country as it reports highest Coronavirus caseload. The Health Ministry said on Wednesday said that around sixty per cent of the country’s active cases and 45.4 per cent of the fresh deaths are concentrated in Maharashtra. The southern state logged 23,179 fresh cases in last 24-hours, the highest rise in daily cases since September 17.
Whereas, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka and Gujarat are other four states that saw the highest daily rise in cases in the last 24 hours with 2,098; 2,013; 1,275; and 1,122 fresh cases respectively.
Despite of country’s ambitious vaccination drive, India has been witnessing a surge in cases. As of now, more than 3.64 crore doses of vaccines have been administered so far since the rollout began on January 16. However, India aims to administer Covid vaccine to over 30 crore people by July.
As per reports, COVID-19 vaccine wastage in India stands at 6.5 per cent, with Telangana and Andhra Pradesh recording 17.6 and 11.6 per cent wastage respectively, the government warned on Wednesday.
“Vaccine wastage has to be drastically reduced. Any reduction in wastage means that you end up inoculating more people and therefore the chances of disrupting the chain of infection grow that much more,” Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said.
Furthermore, as per the latest report of Health Ministry rolled out on March 18, 23,03,13,163 samples have been tested since the beginning of the pandemic of which more than 10 lakh samples were tested yesterday.
The United Nations on Thursday while cautioning against Covid-19 said it appears likely to develop into a seasonal disease.
When the worldwide corona cases have crossed 12 crore mark and many countries have re-imposed lockdown to control the situation, the Indian health ministry has also asked its state governments to ensure strict adherence to mask wearing, physical distancing and hand hygiene along with greater vigilance and monitoring at the highest levels for all potential events where crowds gather.