The health ministry, in a press briefing, informed that sixty per cent of the country’s active cases and 45.4 per cent of the fresh deaths are concentrated in Maharashtra.
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned that the second wave of coronavirus must be decisively nipped in the bud in meeting with Chief Ministers today, the health ministry in a press briefing informed that sixty per cent of the country’s active cases and 45.4 per cent of the fresh deaths are concentrated in Maharashtra.
The ministry said that Maharashtra alone accounts for 61.8 per cent of the daily new cases with 17,864 cases reported over the last 24 hours. It is followed by Kerala with 1,970 while Punjab reported 1,463 new cases.
The positivity rate for Maharashtra, as of March 1 was around 11 per cent. However, it is now more than 16 per cent. But while the number of cases has been increasing, the number of tests has not, the ministry said at its daily briefing. “We have asked the state to address that,” an official informed.
As he held a virtual meeting with state Chief Ministers on the rising Covid graph today, the point was underscored by Prime Minister Modi as well.
“If we don’t stop this pandemic right now, then there could be a nationwide outbreak. We have to immediately stop the emerging second peak and take big and decisive steps,” PM Modi said during his interaction with Chief Ministers.
“India’s Covid cases started spiking last March and in September we saw upto 97,000 cases daily. That reduced to 9,000 over the last two months, but the figure has been moving up again.”