The second wave of coronavirus is increasing dangerously fast in the country. It is expected that the numbers will increase further in the coming days.
In the last 24 hours, 56,211 people have tested positive for COVID-19 – taking the total caseload across the country to 1,20,95,855.
There is a dip in the cases since on Monday the numbers almost touched 70,000.
Eight states account for 84.5% of the fresh infections: Maharashtra, Karnataka, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerela, and Chattisgarh.
The speed at which the second wave is hitting the country is alarming. It took mere ten days for the cases to rise from 30,000 to 60,000. Last year it had taken 23 days for the same.
Maharashtra accounts for 62.7% of the total cases. During the first wave, it took 31 days for the cases to rise from 11,000 to 21,900. For the new cases, it took only 9 days.
Mumbai recorded 6,923 cases on Sunday, the highest single-day spike since the pandemic last year. It took only 24 days for the new cases to rise from 850 to 2,100.
Gujarat has been reporting more than 1,500 cases since it breached its peak on March 25. It added 2,252 new cases in the past 24 hours. In Gujarat also the same trend is observed, took only 6 days for the new cases to rise from 900 to 1,500. During the first wave, it took 30 days for the same increase.
Punjab too has seen a daily increase in the new cases since it breached the peak on March 25. Fresh restrictions have been imposed in the light of the second wave.
1,423 people have tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, taking the toll to 3,41, 516. It took 24 days for the new cases to rise from 200 to 1,400 against 40 days in the first wave.
Actives cases stand at 5,40,720. The active tally breached the five-lakh mark on Monday and had crossed the four-lakh mark on Friday. This is the fastest rise of one lakh cases since the beginning of the pandemic.
The cases are further likely to increase and there is no indication of the second wave coming to an end.
The new cases till now have been concentrated in a few states alone. According to the health ministry, 84% of the cases are because of 8 states and 5 states are responsible for 80% of the cases.
There is no reason to believe that the other states will remain unaffected by the virus. With festivals, elections and relaxations, the cases are more likely to increase. A delayed surge can also be observed, as seen in the case of Punjab.
Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said on March 30 that 807 UK variants, 47 South African variants, and 1 Brazilian variant of COVID-19 have been found in India.
The vaccination drive is further likely to increase its pace as 45 years and above citizens will also be eligible from April 1. So far 8.87 million people in the country have been vaccinated.