India’s coronavirus number continues to rise as the country reported 43,846 new cases in the last 24 hours. This is India’s highest daily in the last four months. The country also reported 22,956 recoveries in the last 24 hours.
The covid-19 surge in states like Maharashtra, Karnataka, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh is worrying the central government. Some of these states are forced to impose stringent measures such as night curfews, lockdowns and closing of schools, etc.
According to the Union Health Ministry, while Kerala is showing a constant declining trend, eight states including Maharashtra and Delhi are showing a rising trajectory of new Covid-19 cases. Reportedly, Maharashtra accounts for nearly 62% of daily cases in India, making it the worst-hit state. The state recorded 27,126 Covid-19 cases and 92 deaths on Saturday.
In just three days, India recorded nearly one lakh cases. The country’s Covid-19 tally currently stands at 1,15,99,130.
So why are Covid-19 cases in India increasing?
According to reports, the Centre said that sudden rise in cases is attributed to the “laxity in the observance of Covid-appropriate behaviour” by the public, especially at crowded places. The central government said India was seeing a decreasing trend for nearly five months, but the trend has changed in the past few weeks. The Centre has asked states and Union Territories to ensure that people follow appropriate Covid-19 behaviour – wear masks, adhere to social distancing guidelines, etc.
This laxity behaviour is seen after India began the vaccination drive. Many people continue to avoid wearing masks. There have been several incidents in the past week where airline passengers have been handed to the police for not wearing masks. Also, with festivals approaching, there has been heavy crowding in markets and shops across the country.