The Central government on Tuesday said that an increase in the intensity of the pandemic has led Covid to spread at a faster pace than last year and that the next four weeks are very critical. At a press conference, NITI Aayog Member (Health) Dr V K Paul said the pandemic situation in the country has worsened with a sharp rise in cases and a large part of the population is still susceptible to the virus.
Meanwhile, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said the Centre is concerned about Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Punjab as they have been reporting the maximum number of fresh cases and deaths in the country. He further informed that the Centre has asked the state governments to ramp up RT-PCR tests after it noticed that only 60% of the tests were done using the method in Maharashtra last week.
Earlier in the day, the Delhi government imposed a night curfew from 10 pm to 5 am till April 30 in the wake of rising cases. A proposal to bring back the curfew was sent to the Chief Minister’s office on Monday after several discussions within the government over the sharp rise in Covid-19 cases. Officials also took into account large gatherings at restaurants and clubs at night.
This comes after India, on Tuesday, reported 107,000 fresh coronavirus cases and 446 related deaths. Of these, 47,288 cases were reported in Maharashtra. While cases in Chhattisgarh scaled a new high of 7,302, and the count in Karnataka crossed the 5,000-mark. The country’s active case tally now stands at 7,88,223. While 164 people died in Maharashtra, 72 deceased in Punjab. The country’s cumulative count climbed up to 1,26,86,049, while the death toll stands at 1,65,547. Over 43,00,000 people were also inoculated on Monday, pushing the vaccination count up to 8,31,10,926
Karnataka sees highest single-day spike
Karnataka on Tuesday reported 6,150 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, which is the highest single-day spike in the state this year. Bengaluru alone contributed 4,266 fresh cases. The state also reported 39 fatalities, taking the death toll to 12,696, while Bengaluru reported 26 deaths related to Covid-19.
Rajasthan reports 2,236 cases, 13 deaths
Rajasthan reported 2,236 new cases and 13 fatalities on Tuesday, taking the state's infection tally to 3,43,990 and the death toll to 2,854. Five deaths were reported from Jodhpur, two each from Kota and Jhalawar and one fatality each was registered in Chittorgarh, Dungarpur, Rajsamand and Udaipur, according to an official report here.
2 Covid cases recorded every minute in Gujarat
Gujarat reeled under relentless third surge of coronavirus as the state breached the 3,000 Covid-19 cases in a day for the first time on Monday. Total 3,160 cases were reported which calculated to roughly two Covid-19 cases detected every minute in the state. Fifteen people succumbed to the infection.
Authorities of the Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad, revealed that a total of 899 patients were hospitalised with corona complications in the past nine days. Of these, 95% of patients eligible for the Covid-19 protective jab had not got vaccinated. Dr J P Modi, medical superintendent of Civil Hospital, said that of the 899 hospitalised patients, only 93 had taken the first shot of Covid-19 vaccine and 21 out of these had got both the shots. “Even when one rules out the patients who are below 60 years of age – as the vaccination for those above 45 years started recently – the ratio of vaccinated patients is not more than 5%,” Dr Modi said.
“If we interpret the data, we can surely argue that those who have taken even one shot of vaccine had a lesser hospitalisation rate,” he said, adding that vaccination must be taken by all eligible to reduce chances of infection. As Covid-19 surges across the state and country, local experts advocate vaccination as a protective shield against complications of the viral infection.