Photos: Increased vigilance called for as India’s Covid-19 cases top 11 million

  • A spike in cases over the past week has prompted instructions from the Centre to states asking for increased testing and greater vigilance in containing the trend. India's total tally of Covid-19 cases has surged to 1,10,16,434 as of February 23, with 10,584 new infections being reported in the previous day, while recoveries from the disease have crossed 1.07 crore, according to date presented by the Union Health Ministry data in its daily bulletin.

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Volunteers distributing pamphlets during an awareness campaign on the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on a street in Mumbai on February 22. With India’s active Covid-19 caseload witnessing a rise over the last week, the Centre on February 21 wrote to states and Union territories advising them to step up measures to contain the spread of the virus at the earliest.(Niharika Kulkarni / REUTERS)

Volunteers distributing pamphlets during an awareness campaign on the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on a street in Mumbai on February 22. With India’s active Covid-19 caseload witnessing a rise over the last week, the Centre on February 21 wrote to states and Union territories advising them to step up measures to contain the spread of the virus at the earliest.(Niharika Kulkarni / REUTERS)

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A large crowd out at Juhu Beach in Mumbai on February 21. The centre has asked states to work on five major areas—improving the overall testing numbers, refocusing on comprehensive surveillance and containment, regular monitoring of mutant strains, focus on clinical management in districts reporting higher deaths and all negative antigen test results to be mandatorily followed by RT-PCR testing.(Pratik Chorge / HT Photo)

A large crowd out at Juhu Beach in Mumbai on February 21. The centre has asked states to work on five major areas—improving the overall testing numbers, refocusing on comprehensive surveillance and containment, regular monitoring of mutant strains, focus on clinical management in districts reporting higher deaths and all negative antigen test results to be mandatorily followed by RT-PCR testing.(Pratik Chorge / HT Photo)

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A motorist out without a face mask being fined by municipal marshals as Covid-19 records an uptick, in Thane on February 22. The instructions came as the country witnessed a spike of 86,711 cases of the coronavirus disease over the last week, taking the infection tally close to 11 million.(Praful Gangurde / HT Photo)

A motorist out without a face mask being fined by municipal marshals as Covid-19 records an uptick, in Thane on February 22. The instructions came as the country witnessed a spike of 86,711 cases of the coronavirus disease over the last week, taking the infection tally close to 11 million.(Praful Gangurde / HT Photo)

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A health worker leaves a residential area after conducting swab tests for Covid-19 detection at Dharavi, in Mumbai, on February 19. The upward trend rides on the back of a sudden upsurge of cases in Kerala and Maharashtra. The Union ministry of health and family welfare has said that more than 74% of the active cases are concentrated in these two states.(Mitesh Bhuvad / PTI)

A health worker leaves a residential area after conducting swab tests for Covid-19 detection at Dharavi, in Mumbai, on February 19. The upward trend rides on the back of a sudden upsurge of cases in Kerala and Maharashtra. The Union ministry of health and family welfare has said that more than 74% of the active cases are concentrated in these two states.(Mitesh Bhuvad / PTI)

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A health worker takes a nasal swab sample at a Covd-19 testing center in Hyderabad on February 23. Of the 11,046,434 positive cases logged in the country as on February 23, active cases of infection have increased marginally since the centre's instructions to 147,306, accounting for 1.34% of the total confirmed cases.(Mahesh Kumar A. / AP)

A health worker takes a nasal swab sample at a Covd-19 testing center in Hyderabad on February 23. Of the 11,046,434 positive cases logged in the country as on February 23, active cases of infection have increased marginally since the centre's instructions to 147,306, accounting for 1.34% of the total confirmed cases.(Mahesh Kumar A. / AP)

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Swab samples taken to test for Covid-19 infection placed in a health worker’s kiosk at a district hospital in Noida on February 22. Five states and UTs of Chandigarh, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, and Maharashtra have logged weekly test positivity rates higher than the national average. While the national average is 1.79%, Maharashtra has the highest weekly positivity rate with 8.10%, the health ministry stated. (Sunil Ghosh / HT Photo)

Swab samples taken to test for Covid-19 infection placed in a health worker’s kiosk at a district hospital in Noida on February 22. Five states and UTs of Chandigarh, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, and Maharashtra have logged weekly test positivity rates higher than the national average. While the national average is 1.79%, Maharashtra has the highest weekly positivity rate with 8.10%, the health ministry stated. (Sunil Ghosh / HT Photo)

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A municipal worker prepares bedding as quarantine centers were reactivated in light of rising coronavirus cases, in Thane on February 19. Maharashtra Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on February 21 hinted at a return to lockdown after monitoring the situation for the next eight days. Last week, mayor Kishori Pednekar had also hinted at a night curfew.(Praful Gangurde / HT Photo)

A municipal worker prepares bedding as quarantine centers were reactivated in light of rising coronavirus cases, in Thane on February 19. Maharashtra Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on February 21 hinted at a return to lockdown after monitoring the situation for the next eight days. Last week, mayor Kishori Pednekar had also hinted at a night curfew.(Praful Gangurde / HT Photo)

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A CRPF personnel receives a dose of Covishield, a Covid-19 vaccine, at a hospital in New Delhi on February 22. Meanwhile, India’s cumulative vaccination coverage has crossed 1.17 crore as of February 23 according to the health ministry. No new Covid-19 fatalities were reported in 21 States and UTs in the last 24 hours.(Raj K Raj / HT Photo)

A CRPF personnel receives a dose of Covishield, a Covid-19 vaccine, at a hospital in New Delhi on February 22. Meanwhile, India’s cumulative vaccination coverage has crossed 1.17 crore as of February 23 according to the health ministry. No new Covid-19 fatalities were reported in 21 States and UTs in the last 24 hours.(Raj K Raj / HT Photo)

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