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Covid-19 review meeting: 8 states report spike in daily Covid-19 cases, Centre says deal firmly with violations

Amid surge in Covid-19 cases in some states, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Saturday chaired a review meeting with chief secretaries of eight states Maharashtra, Punjab, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Telangana and Jammu and Kashmir .

Addressing review meeting, Union Health Ministry said in a statement that no need to lower their guards, enforce Covid-19 appropriate behaviour and deal firmly with violations. He also said It was strongly underlined that the concerned states need to follow effective surveillance strategies in respect of potential super spreading events.  

The Ministry of Home Affairs underlined that India is recorded a total 1,59,590 Covid-19 active cases which is 1.44% of the total infections. Six states Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat have shown a surge in new cases in a span of 24 hours. Among the eight states where the rise in Covid cases has been reported, three states including West Bengal, Kerala and Tamil Nadu have scheduled assembly elections in the upcoming months.

Maharashtra has been reported a spike in daily coronavirus cases in 28 of its 36 which includes the Marathwada region like Latur, Hingoli, Parbhani, and Nanded in the past 10 days. Maharashtra has continued to report the highest daily new cases at 8,333 followed by Kerala that reported 3,671 new cases and Punjab with 622 new cases.

The ministry said eight states are displaying an upward trajectory in daily new cases. In the last two weeks, Kerala has shown the maximum decline in the number of active cases, from 63,847 on February 14 to 51,679 today, while Maharashtra has shown the highest rise in active cases in the same period, from 34,449 on February 14 to 68,810 currently,” the ministry said in a statement.

A total of 1,07,63,451 people have recovered so far, with 12,771 patients having been discharged in a span of 24 hours.

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