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“Must Stick To Safety Measures,” Says Centre As Covid Cases Rise In 5 States

The Centre today said that five states — Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh — are experiencing a steep rise in daily Covid-19 cases.

The Centre today said that five states — Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh — are experiencing a steep rise in daily Covid-19 cases. The cases have started growing again after a low that started in November-December and amid a race to push forward the vaccination process. More than 1.07 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far to health workers and frontline workers for Covid, the centre has said.

“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.

“Similar to Maharashtra, Punjab has also shown a sudden spike in the number of daily new cases reported in last 7 days with 383 daily new cases in last 24 hours,” a statement by the government said.

The authorities in Maharashtra have attributed the sudden rise in infections to a laxity in implementing the safety measures, especially since the local trains started running.

Strict measures were announced by the Maharashtra government on Sunday for Mumbai, as well as two districts — Amravati and Yavatmal. Iqbal Singh Chahal, the Mumbai Municipal Commissioner, said citizens flouting rules for home isolation, weddings and public gatherings will be prosecuted.

Madhya Pradesh is also witnessing a rise in number of daily new cases since 13 February 2021. In last 24 hours, 297 daily new cases have been registered in the state, the Centre said. Chhattisgarh,  over the last seven days, has also seen a rise in daily active new cases. In last 24 hours, 259 daily new cases have been reported, the Centre said.

“Adherence of Covid appropriate behavior is strongly reiterated for breaking the chain of transmission of the virus and containment of spread of the disease,” the statement by centre read.

 

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