New Delhi: The sudden spike in COVID-19 cases in India supposedly due to the second wave, has raised concern for the Central government as the country has been reporting more than 60,000 infections in 24-hours for the past few days.
As per the data released by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on March 29 showed that India registered 68,020 new cases, which is reportedly the highest single-day rise in over 5 months.
The Centre also stated that eight states – Maharashtra, Karnataka, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Chhattisgarh – accounted for 84.5% of the total new cases.
Maharashtra, one of the worst coronavirus-hit states in India, recorded the highest daily new cases at 40,414 and was followed by Karnataka with 3,082 new cases and Punjab accounting for 2,870 fresh Corona cases.
Furthermore, country’s total COVID-19 active count has also soared to 5.21 lakh. The MoHFW said that the present active caseload now stands at 4.33% of India’s total positive cases.
Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka and Chhattisgarh also account for 80.17% of the total active cases in India, whereas, 19 states and UTs have higher coronavirus cases per million than the national average.
Earlier on March 27, the Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan chaired a high-level meet with 12 states and UTs that are reporting a surge in cases. According to the MoHFW, the states were informed that the country has seen the sharpest rise in weekly COVID-19 cases around 7.7 per cent while fatalities since May 2020 rosed to 5.1 per cent.
The states and UTs were advised to focus on stringent containment and public health measures in 46 high burden districts.
The following five-fold strategy was also laid out for adoption by the states and UTs in the meet for more effective containment and management of the COVID-19 pandemic:
1. Increased testing and vaccination drive
2. Effective tracing
3. Prompt isolation
4. Efficient clinical treatment, and
5. Adherence to COVID Appropriate Behaviour.