India seeing Covid-19 surge as Maha remains worst-affected with 15,501 cases in last 24 hours

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed that 30,39,394 vaccine doses were administered on Monday, the highest so far
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The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed that 30,39,394 vaccine doses were administered on Monday, the highest so far

India has reported 24,492 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours with many states seeing an increase in positive cases. The Centre is worried about the sudden rise in cases as some states could be seeing a second wave of Covid-19.

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MHFW) has said that with the addition of new cases, India’s total number of active cases has reached 2,23,432. The total positive cases are 1,14,09,831 and the total recoveries are 1,10,27,543. The Ministry pointed out that the country has witnessed 131 Covid-19 related death in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 1,58,856.

Maharashtra continues to be the worst affected state with 15,051 new Covid-19 cases. The state has witnessed 10,671 recoveries and 48 deaths. The Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government continues to ask people to follow Covid guidelines and ensure all Covid-19 protocols are followed.

The Maharashtra government has announced that 50% of the restrictions have been imposed. The government has banned social gatherings. The government said that theatres, cinema halls and restaurants can continue to function with Covid-19 protocols. However, if these places will be closed if they are found violating the said protocols. All offices are allowed to function with 50% capacity till March 31.

The government has placed Nagpur under lockdown till March 21, and night curfew is imposed in Pune and Nasik.

Though Kerala is the second-worst affected state, it has been seeing a slow drop in new Covid-19 cases. On Monday, the southern state reported 1,054 cases out of 38,410 samples tested and, the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) is at 2.74%. Kerala has witnessed 3,463 recoveries and 11 deaths.

Meanwhile, states like Karnataka, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh are witnessing a slow increase in cases. Karnataka government is stepping up measures with Citizens asked to follow Covid-19 guidelines. The state government said that lockdown/curfew in Karnataka is in the hands of the people. Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said people must ensure social distancing and wear masks at all times if they want to avoid a lockdown.

Considering the sudden spike in Covid-19 cases in Gujarat, the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) has decided to conduct the remaining three T20I matches between India and England behind closed doors. The GCA said it would refund the spectators who purchased tickets for the upcoming games.

Meanwhile, the MHFW informed that 30,39,394 vaccine doses have been administered in India on Monday, the highest so far. India’s vaccine drive has been a success so far with a total of 3,29,47,432 doses given so far.

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