Covid-19: Why Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh are cause for fresh concerns
With all states and union territories of the country reporting a recovery rate of more than 90 per cent, the Covid-19 situation is under control, though the guards should not be lowered, health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said on Thursday, as three states are seeing a sudden spike in the cases. “This is a warning to all of us that though we are moving towards vaccination, there should be no relaxation,” the health minister said as he was interacting with state health ministers a day before another round of vaccine dry run in the state. The Centre on Thursday wrote to these three states and West Bengal underlining the need for “strict vigil” and “prompt action” to arrest the recent spike.
On Wednesday, Maharashtra reported 4,382 new Covid-19 cases, taking the total tally to 19,54,553. It was after 20 days that the state again crossed the 4,000 mark for fresh cases. Though Maharashtra is one of the states worst hit by the pandemic, the situation was brought under control. The sudden spike has, however, not led to any fresh alarm as the state is preparing for another vaccine dry run on January 8. New Year festivities, though there was night curfew in the state on December 31, is being seen as the reason behind the spike.
Here are the numbers of daily fresh Covid-19 cases since the beginning of this year.
January 5: 3,160
January 4: 4,875
January 3: 3,282
January 2: 3,218
January 1: 3,524
Kerala on Wednesday recorded 6,300 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the total tally of the state to 7,90,882. So far, 43 people who had returned to the state from the UK tested positive for Covid-19 and six of them have been found with the new mutated strain of the virus, state health minister KK Shailaja said on Wednesday.
Fresh cases in 24 hours in the last 5 days
January 5: 5,615
January 4: 3,021
January 3: 4,600
January 2: 5,328
January 1: 4,991
With 1,050 fresh cases recorded on Wednesday, the spike in the number of fresh cases in Chattisgarh is sudden as the state does not have many records where its 24-hour positive cases breached the 1,000-mark.
Fresh Covid-19 cases in the last few days
January 5: 1,021
January 4: 1,147
January 3: 714
January 2: 1147
January 1: 932