Karnataka and five states continue to report an upsurge in COVID Cases

 Karnataka and five states continue to report an upsurge in COVID Cases
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New Delhi, March 03, 2021: Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Karnataka continue to report a surge in the COVID daily new cases. Together, they account for 85.95% of the new cases reported in the past 24 hours.

14,989 new cases were registered in the last 24 hours. Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 7,863. It is followed by Kerala with 2,938 while Punjab reported 729 new cases.

Maharashtra, Punjab, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana and Karnataka have shown the maximum increase in new cases on a week on week basis.

Maharashtra alone accounted for a weekly increase of 16,012 cases, in terms of the number of cases.

In percentage terms, Punjab reported the weekly increase of 71.5% (1,783 cases).

The Centre is continuously engaging with the States and UTs reporting higher caseload of active cases and those reporting a spike in the daily new COVID cases. States/UTs have been advised to maintain a continued rigorous vigil for containing the spread of COVID-19 such the gains of collective efforts are not squandered away. Need for effective testing, comprehensive tracking, prompt isolation of positive cases and quick quarantine of close contacts are strongly emphasized. The Central Government has also rushed high-level teams to Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, and Jammu and Kashmir to support them in their fight against the recent spike in COVID-19 cases. The three-member teams are headed by Joint Secretary level officers in the Health Ministry. They will ascertain reasons for the surge and coordinate with the State Health Departments in COVID-19 control and containment measures.

India’s total Active Caseload has reached 1,70,126 today. India’s present active caseload now stands at 1.53% of India’s total Positive Cases.

The graph below shows the change in active cases for States/UTs in the last 24 hours. While Kerala, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Jammu & Kashmir show a reduction in the active cases in the last 24 hours, Maharashtra, Punjab, Delhi, Karnataka and Gujarat display a rise in the active cases during the same time period.

Eight States, as indicated in the charts below, are displaying an upward trajectory in daily new cases.

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