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Five states account for over 70 per cent of new COVID-19 infections
Six states account for 86.7 per cent of the new deaths.
The Union health ministry said on Thursday that five states—Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu—accounted for a whooping 71.10 per cent of the daily infections. India recorded its highest daily tally of coronavirus cases this year with 28,903 new infections on Wednesday, taking the total COVID-19 tally to 1,14,38,734. The death toll increased to 1,59,044 with 188 new fatalities, the highest in around two months.
Six states account for 86.7 per cent of the new deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (87). Punjab follows with 38 daily deaths. Kerala reported 15 deaths. Fifteen states and UTs have not reported any COVID-19 deaths in a span of 24 hours. These are Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Uttarakhand, Lakshadweep, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Nagaland, Tripura, Ladakh, Manipur, Mizoram, Andman and Nicobar Islands and Arunachal Pradesh.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had expressed concern over a rise in COVID-19 cases in parts of the country and called for "quick and decisive" steps to check the "emerging second peak". In a virtual interaction with state chief ministers over the pandemic situation and the ongoing vaccination drive, Modi said in states like Maharashtra, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh, the number of COVID-19 cases has seen a rise, while nearly 70 districts in the country have seen an increase in the positivity rate by over 150 per cent of late. "If we do not stop it here, then a condition for a nationwide outbreak may emerge," he said and called for quick and decisive steps to stop it.
When it comes to states, a trend of declining cases is most visible in Kerala. On March 2, five states—Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, Punjab and Tamil Nadu—had cumulatively accounted for 84.16 per cent of the total active cases in the country. Maharashtra alone accounted for 46.82 per cent of India's total active cases, followed by Kerala with 28.61 per cent. Now, Kerala is in the sixth spot.
Maharashtra now accounts for 61.8 per cent of the daily new cases with 17,864 cases. "Maharashtra, Kerala and Punjab account for 76.4 per cent of India's total active cases, with Maharashtra alone contributing nearly 60 per cent," the ministry highlighted. Over 3.5 crore (3,50,64,536) vaccine doses have been administered through 5,86,855 sessions, as per the provisional report till Wednesday 7am, the ministry said. These include 75,06,155 healthcare workers (HCWs) who have been given the 1st dose, 45,54,855 HCWs who have been administered the second dose), 76,00,030 frontline workers (FLWs) who have taken the first dose and 16,47,644 FLWs who have been given the second dose.