Millennium Post (Kolkata)
India adds record 2 lakh cases to its Covid tally
Centre asks states to curb non-essential movement of people and social gatherings
India on Thursday breached the mark of 2 lakh daily cases of COVID-19 as the country recorded 2,00,739 new infections in the last 24 hours that pushed the total tally of cases to 1,40,74,564, while the active cases surpassed the 14 lakh-mark.
With 1,038 daily new fatalities, which is highest since October 3, 2020, the death toll due to COVID-19 has increased to 1,73,123, while total recoveries increased to 1,24,29,564, which includes 93,528 recoveries in a single day, and active cases stand at 14,71,877.
Notably, India has added 13,88,515 cases in nine days after as the country has reported over 1 lakh infections per day for the ninth consecutive day.
Registering a steady increase for the 36th day in a row, the active cases have increased to 14,71,877, comprising 10.46 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has dropped to 88.31 per cent. The active caseload was at its lowest at 1,35,926 on February 12 and it was at its highest at 10,17,754 on September 18, 2020.
Among the states, Maharashtra has reported highest 58,952 new cases in a single day, followed by Uttar Pradesh, which reported 20,439 new infections in the last 24 hours, Delhi (17,282), Chhattisgarh (14,250), Karnataka (11,265), Madhya Pradesh (9,720), Kerala (8,778), Tamil Nadu (7,819) and Gujarat (7,410), etc.
In overall confirmed cases of COVID-19, Maharashtra has reported highest number of cases at 35,78,160, followed by Kerala (11,89,175), Karnataka (10,94,912), Tamil Nadu (9,54,948), Andhra Pradesh (9,37,049), Delhi (7,67,438) and Uttar Pradesh (7,44,021), etc.
The 1,038 new fatalities include 278 deaths from Maharashtra, 120 from Chhattisgarh, 104 from Delhi, 73 from Gujarat, 67 from Uttar Pradesh, 63 from Punjab, 51 from Madhya Pradesh, 38 from Karnataka, 31 from Jharkhand, 29 from Rajasthan, 25 from Tamil Nadu, 24 from West Bengal, 22 from Kerala, 21 from Bihar, 18 each from Andhra Pradesh and Haryana, 13 each from Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.
Taking stock of the COVID19 situation, Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla asked the states to curb non-essential movement of large groups of people and social gathering with an aim to prevent surge in cases and prevent mortality.
Present on the occasion, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan urged the states to actively explore the possibility of using hospitals of Railways, Labour department, SAIL and Coal India to augment the existing hospital infrastructure of the state.
The states have also been advised to significantly increase testing in all districts with a minimum of 70 per cent RT-PCR tests and use of Rapid Antigen Tests as screening tests in densely populated areas as well as areas where fresh clusters are emerging.