March 8, 2021

Indian & World Live Breaking News Coverage And Updates

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Maharashtra apart, spurt in Covid-19 cases in 7 other states – Times of India ►

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NEW DELHI: While the major resurgence of Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra has hogged headlines, several other states have been showing smaller spikes in infections in recent days. As many as 16 of the 36 states and UTs in India registered a rise in cases last week, although the increase was marginal in around half of the 16, either because the numbers were too few or the increase was below 5%.

However, the situation in at least seven-eight states/UTs needs to be watched, on the basis of last week’s cases. While Maharashtra posted a surge of 81% over the previous week, MP recorded a 43% rise, Punjab 31%, J&K 22%, Chhattisgarh 13% and Haryana 11%.

Delhi sees a 4.7% rise in cases

Chandigarh saw a spike of 43% although the number of cases was low at 187. On the other hand, Karnataka (4.6% rise) and Gujarat (4%) showed modest increases but have been recording a relatively high number of cases. Karnataka posted 2,879 fresh cases during the week (February 15-21), the fourth highest in the country after Maharashtra, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. In Gujarat, the week’s case count was 1,860.

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While Delhi also saw a 4.7% spurt in infections, the absolute numbers are still pretty low in the capital with 954 fresh cases reported in the week.

, Maharashtra apart, spurt in Covid-19 cases in 7 other states – Times of India ►, Indian & World Live Breaking News Coverage And Updates

Covid-19 cases rise in Maharashtra but deaths dip

Despite a steady rise in Covid cases every day over the past eight days in Maharashtra, the number of deaths have not risen in the same proportion during the same period. While daily infections went up by over 50% — from 4,092 cases on February 14 to 6,971 on February 21 — fatalities actually went down: As many as 35 deaths were reported on February 21 against 40 a week ago.

Meanwhile, in another sign of a resurgence in the pandemic, India recorded 10,570 fresh cases on Monday. This was the highest count for a Monday in the past six weeks. Cases dip every Monday due to lower testing and staff shortages over the weekend.

, Maharashtra apart, spurt in Covid-19 cases in 7 other states – Times of India ►, Indian & World Live Breaking News Coverage And Updates

Govt looks to involve private sector once vaccine drive expands to 50-plus age group

As govt moves to expand the vaccination process to the 50-plus age group, the Centre is looking to rope in the private sector in a major way to cover a much larger target population of 27 crore people. Niti Aayog officials said details of the next phase of vaccinations were being firmed up and private sector participation would be large scale. India has vaccinated 1.14 cr people.

The seven-day rolling average of daily cases in the country rose for the eight straight day to 12,981. The index, which provides an average of daily cases over the past week, had dipped to a low of 11,428 on February 10. It has been steadily rising since February 14.

, Maharashtra apart, spurt in Covid-19 cases in 7 other states – Times of India ►, Indian & World Live Breaking News Coverage And Updates

Covid-19: After Mumbai-Pune surge, Vidarbha is now the epicentre

The daily positivity rates of Yavatmal, Akola, Amravati and Wardha districts from Vidarbha region are higher or almost as bad as the September peak. State experts believe that if Pune and Mumbai were driving the September peak, Vidarbha is the epicentre for the February surge.

On the positive side, the death toll from the virus has not been rising. On Monday, 77 fatalities were recorded in the country, the lowest single-day toll since May 3 last year. Punjab on Monday reported 389 cases, the highest since December 23, and as many as 15 deaths.

After a surge in daily Covid-19 cases for the last six days, Maharashtra and Mumbai reported a slight dip on Monday that officials attributed to fewer than usual tests on Sunday. But the rising graphs in the Vidarbha region led to the imposition of more localised curbs.

The state reported 5,210 cases and18 fatalities, the lowest in two weeks, taking the total to 21,06,094 and the toll to 51,806. Mumbai reported 761 cases — the fewest in the past four days — and four deaths, pushing the overall tally to 3,19,889 and toll to 11,450.

In Maharashtra, the highest addition of cases came from the Mumbai circle, including MMR, at 1,364 cases, followed by the Akola circle that reported 1,154 cases. Nagpur region was the third, contributing 946 cases. Among civic corporations, Nagpur and Amravati reported 643 and 555 cases, nearly as many as Mumbai.



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