India’s daily Covid case count above 20,000; highest since Jan 1 | India News


NEW DELHI: After showing a decline, India’s daily Covid-19 cases continue to inch upward. On Wednesday, as many as 22,854 patients tested positive in the country. This is the highest daily tally of 2021, and also the highest since December 25 last year, when 23,067 infections were recorded.

Here’s how the Covid situation looks in the country
Maharashtra leads the surge in number of cases
Maharashtra continued to drive the fresh surge in the pandemic with 13,659 new cases on Wednesday. It is followed by Kerala (2475) and Punjab (1393).

While daily cases have continuously gone up since February 14, reaching the levels seen in the last week of December, the uptick in daily fatalities is not the same that was witnessed during that period.
On Wednesday, India recorded 125 fresh fatalities. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (54). It was followed by Punjab with 17 daily deaths and Kerala 14 deaths.

8 states display upward trajectory in daily new cases
According to health ministry, eight states-Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat, Delhi, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu- are displaying upward trajectory in daily new cases. Punjab recorded 1422 cases on Wednesday, which is the highest since September 30; while Gujarat reported 675 cases, the highest since January 8.

Tamil Nadu recorded 671, while Haryana recorded 359 cases.

Kerala, Himachal record a decline in active caseload
India’s total active caseload stands at 1,89,226. This is 1.68% of total positive cases. Kerala has reported the maximum decline in active cases while Maharashtra shown the maximum increase in the last 24 hours.

More than 2.5 crore administered jab
In the 54 days of the vaccination drive, more than 2.56 crore vaccine doses have been administered through 4,78,168 sessions, according to health ministry. This include 71.97 lakh health care workers receiving first dose and 40.13 lakh receiving second.
A whopping 70.54 lakh frontline workers also received first dose of the Covid vaccine, while 6.37 lakh have already taken the second shot.
Source: Health ministry

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