India has recorded 35,871 fresh covid-19 cases on Wednesday, out of which 23,179 cases reported from Maharashtra. The coronavirus caseload stands at 1,14,74,605 in the country. As per the health ministry data on Thursday morning, India witnessed 17,741 recoveries and 172 deaths from the novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours.
A total of 1,59,216 deaths have been reported so far in India, including 53,080 from Maharashtra, followed by 12,564 from Tamil Nadu, 12,407 from Karnataka and 10,948 from Delhi.
After seeing the downfall in the covid-19 cases in January and first half of February, fresh cases of coronavirus have surged over the last two weeks, especially in Maharashtra, Punjab, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday held a video conference with CMs of different states where he called for quick and decisive steps to stop the emerging second peak of Covid-19.
In a meeting with chief ministers via videoconference, PM Modi said 70 districts of the country have reported a sudden surge in Covid-19 cases in the last few weeks.
PM said an increase in covid-19 cases is being seen in many districts that had protected themselves so far and were kind of safe-zones now. He said we will have to immediately stop the emerging second wave of coronavirus, for this, we will have to take quick and decisive steps, PM Modi at virtual meeting with CMs.
Earlier, Health Minisiter Dr. Harhsvardhan said people are not taking covid-19 norms and other guidline seriously which is why covid cases are increasing in the country.
Experts have warned people that if the precautions and covid guidelines are not being taken seriously then the second wave of Covid-19 could hit the country anytime soon.
India has so far administered 3,71,43,255 doses of anti-Covid jabs to people. The country rolled out a vaccination drive on 16 January, next phase of Covid-19 vaccination commenced on 1 March for people who are above 60 years of age and for people aged 45 and above.