According to the central government, five states including Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh are experiencing a high surge in daily COVID-19 cases.
“In the past week, Maharashtra has exhibited a spike in the number of daily new cases, accounting for highest number of daily new cases in the country today. In last 24 hours, 6,112 daily new case has been reported in the state,” the Centre said.
India has recorded a significant rise in the COVID-19 cases over the past few days which indicates a second wave. The Centre has directed the 5 states to refocus on strict surveillance, containment and RT-PCR-testing.
According to the Union Health Ministry on Sunday, the active cases peaked at 1,45,634, with more than 74% of them in Kerala and Maharashtra. Both the states have announced a state-wide ban on social, political and religious gatherings. Fresh local lockdowns or curbs have also been imposed in Pune and Amravati.
The Union Health Ministry has also said that 85.61% of the new cases are from Kerala, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab and the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. The weekly positivity rate is more than the national average of 1.79%.
Maharashtra on the other hand has the highest weekly positivity rate with 8.10%. The state Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said he would observe for a week to 15 days before deciding on imposing another lockdown. Until then, he asked people to follow “COVID-appropriate” behaviour and safety norms. “The pandemic is raising its head in the state again, but whether this is a second wave will be known in eight to 15 days,” Thackeray said.
The Union Health Ministry has written to all states and UTs to significantly enhance the pace of COVID-19 vaccinations. The second COVID19 vaccination drive started on February 13 for those beneficiaries who have completed 28 days after receipt of the first dose.