COVID-19: Daily cases at 85-day high, PM to review surge with CMs

COVID toll in India has reached 1,58,725 after 118 deaths and recoveries stand at 1,10,07,352 with fatality rate 1.39 per cent.

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With daily COVID 19 cases touching an 85-day high at 26,291 on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called a review meeting with states and UTs on Wednesday.

India’s active cases surged for the sixth straight day to 2,19,262 and now make up 1.93 pc of the total positive cases (1,13,85,339) with Maharashtra, Kerala and Punjab cumulatively accounting for 77 pc of all active cases nationally. Maharashtra alone has over 58 pc of the active cases.

So far as daily new cases go, 26,624 were logged on December 20. As of today, COVID toll in India has reached 1,58,725 after 118 deaths and recoveries stand at 1,10,07,352 with fatality rate 1.39 per cent.

Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu continue to report a surge in the COVID daily new cases and make up 78.41 pc of the new cases reported in the past 24 hours.

Maharashtra saw 16,620 (63.21% of the total new infections in a day); Kerala 1,792 and Punjab 1,492.

A rising trajectory of daily new cases is visible across eight states — Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka and Haryana. Kerala has shown a consistently declining trend over the last one month.

India active cases load had declined to a low of 135926 on February 11. As many as 83, 336 active cases have been added in nearly a month, triggering fears of a second wave which the government wishes to prevent.

India, meanwhile, crossed the milestone of delivering over three crore vaccine doses, the second quickest country to do so after the US. As of today, 3.15 crore doses had been administered.

Lack of COVID appropriate behaviour; laxity in testing, tracking, treating; inability of states to follow up negative antigen reports with the gold standard RTPCR tests resulting in missing cases; congregations and super spreading events; school reopening without mitigation. Mutants have not been found to be behind the surge, said ICMR. Member, Health, NITI Aayog VK Paul said, “We need to be afraid of the virus. It can be very unpredictable.”

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