Published: Mon, April 05, 2021

India Looking to Enforce Stricter COVID-19 Lockdown Measures as Cases Spike

India Looking to Enforce Stricter COVID-19 Lockdown Measures as Cases Spike

Beaches are crowded in Mumbai, the capital of India's worst-hit state as the country struggles with a new wave of infections. It's the third-highest number of Covid-19 infections in the world after the United States and Brazil. Delhi and Uttar Pradesh joined the 4,000-a-day club along with Karnataka after a long time.

With Sunday's addition, at least 1.25 crore people in India have so far been found infected with the disease.

Maharashtra has accounted for 57 per cent of new infections over the past 14 days and 47 per cent of deaths during the period.

The country has made little progress in sequencing its test samples, with news reports stating that less than 1 per cent of samples have been studied so far.

A total of 478 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, with eight states accounting for 84.52 per cent of the new deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (277). The number of active cases in the state stands at 15,135, including 163 critical ones, the official informed.

He was also told that while Punjab logged only 4.5 per cent of the cases over the fortnight, it contributed 16.3 per cent of the deaths. Mr Modi mentioned that the five-fold strategy of Testing, Tracing, Treatment, Covid-appropriate behaviour and Vaccination would be effective in curbing the spread of the Pandemic, if implemented with utmost seriousness and commitment. According to the Health Ministry, 11 states - Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Chandigarh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Haryana are among the states with "serious worrisome" status due to new cases and high mortality.

During the past one day, Brazil recorded 31,359 new Covid-19 cases, while USA logged 34,282.

It was also underlined that at this stage, the contribution of mutant strains to the surge in states like Maharashtra "remains speculative". Prime Minister stressed on the need to continue Jan Bhagidari and Jan Andolan for COVID-19 management.

A special campaign for Covid-appropriate behaviour with an emphasis on 100 per cent mask usage, personal hygiene and sanitation at public places /workplaces and health facilities will be organised from today, April 6 to April 14, it has been decided in the meeting.

The Health Ministry said that the doubling time of COVID-19 cases is down to 115.4 days.

On April 2, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba had chaired a meeting on the COVID-19 situation in the country in which it was pointed out that eleven States and Union Territories (UTs) were showing a surge in daily cases and they have not shown a commensurate increase in enforcement of containment activities.

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