India on Sunday reported 1,03,558 fresh Covid cases – the biggest jump in the daily cases since the pandemic – taking the total cases to 12.59 million. A total of 478 new death cases were reported, taking the toll to 1,65,101.
Prime Minister’s review meeting
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meet on Sunday, to review the COVID-19 crisis in the country.
“Reviewed the COVID-19 and vaccination-related situation across the country. Reiterated the importance of the five-fold strategy of testing, tracing, treatment, Covid-appropriate behavior, and vaccination as an effective way to fight the global pandemic. “
He later tweeted after the review meeting.
Why the increase in the cases?
MAHARASHTRA WORST HIT
Maharashtra continues to be the worst hit by the coronavirus pandemic. The state reported 57,074 cases on Sunday, the highest ever daily surge. Mumbai also reported the highest surge of 11,163 cases taking the total cases in the city to 4,52,445 cases.
FRESH GUIDELINES FOR MAHARASHTRA
Amidst a worrying surge in the Covid cases in Maharashtra, the Uddhav Thackrey led government announced night curfew and strict lockdown in the weekend from Friday 8 pm to Monday 7 am
“People should abide by restrictions and follow COVID protocols. To ensure maximum vaccination, BJP workers would help people register and reach vaccination centers,” Devendra Fadnvis said as BJP extended its support to the weekend lockdown.
CENTRE SENDS TEAM
As Maharashtra, Punjab, and Chhattisgarh continues reporting high cases and disproportionate deaths, the central government has decided to send teams consisting of public health specialists and clinicians.
DELHI RECORDS HUGE SPIKE
Delhi reported 4,000 new cases on Sunday taking the total case count to6,76,414. It is among the top five states to have reported the highest cases in the last twenty- four hours.
CHHATTISGARH, KARNATAKA AND UTTAR PRADESH
The other three states to have reported the high surge in the COVID cases as per the government data are Chhattisgarh (5,250), Karnataka (4,553), and Uttar Pradesh (4,136).
BIGGEST SURGE TILL NOW
India had recorded the biggest surge on September 17, 2020, when 97,894 cases were recorded in a day.
ELECTIONS AND COVID
As the second wave continues to hit the country – West Bengal, Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Pondicherry gears up for the upcoming elections. The Election Commission has ensured that all kinds of COVID protocols will be followed in the polling booths.
From April 1, 45 years and above citizens of the country have been made eligible for getting vaccinated. The government plans to vaccinate 30 crore people by the month of July.
India stands in the third position of reporting the highest number of cases after the United States and Brazil.