COVID-19: These states are the most affected, check full list

Brenda Watkins
April 5, 2021

Subhash Salunke, a former World Health Organization official who advises Maharashtra on its COVID-19 strategy, said cases in the state would continue to rise for another couple of weeks.

The previous high was achieved on September 16 past year, when 97,894 positive cases were reported.

Maharashtra, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Kerala and Punjab cumulatively account for over 76 per cent of the country's caseload.

Chhattisgarh reported a spike of 5,250 new cases, pushing the state's tally to 3,69,046.

With these additional cases, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country has reached 1,24,85,509.

India has reported 12.6 million virus cases since the pandemic began, the highest after the United States and Brazil.

During the review meeting, three factors were highlighted as key reasons for the recent surge-decline in compliance with Covid appropriate behaviour, (mainly mask indiscipline), pandemic fatigue, and lack of implementation of containment measures.

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For sustainable COVID-19 management, awareness of the community and its involvement is paramount, Modi said, adding that and there is a need to continue "Jan Bhagidari" and "Jan Andolan".

According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), a special campaign for COVID-appropriate behaviour with emphasis on 100 per cent mask usage, personal hygiene and sanitation at public places and workplaces and health facilities will be organised from April 6 to April 14.

The country has made little progress in sequencing its test samples, with news reports stating that less than 1 per cent of samples have been studied so far.

The situation in Maharashtra, Punjab and Chhattisgarh is of serious concern. The number of active cases in the state stands at 15,135, including 163 critical ones, the official informed. New cases are increasing very rapidly in many states. The 10 high burden States and UTs are contributing 91.4 per cent of total cases and 90.9 per cent of total deaths in the country.

On ensuring saturation coverage of vaccination in surge districts, the Prime Minister suggested that a daily analysis of performance should be shared with states and Union Territories for corrective action. In addition to vaccination, 7,59,79,651 doses of vaccine have been given so far.

The Indian government has attempted to bolster its vaccination efforts, but the country's program has remained sluggish even though India is home to the world's largest vaccine producer. The second phase started on March 1 where doses were administered to people above the age of 60 and those between 45 and 59 years with specific comorbidities.

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