COVID-19 cases in India are rising at an alarming rate. The country’s daily count wintnessed a new spike on Sunday. Within a span of 24 hours, more than 1 lakh cases are being reported for the first time ever. From Maharashtra, over 57,000 cases were reported. The state has imposed weekend lockdown to curb the spread of the deadly virus.
Earlier, such a hike was reported last year on September 16 last year with 97,894 positive cases in a day. After this, the number of cases continued to decline for 5 months. But now ‘second wave’ of the coronavirus has started.
The doubling time of Covid-19 cases is down to 115.4 days, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday. About 490 deaths were also reported Sunday, with Maharashtra accounting for 222.
Notably, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high profile security meeting to review the situation. He had also directed senior officials to send teams comprising public health experts and clinicians to Maharashtra, Punjab and Chhattisgarh. These states have emerged as the worst hit in terms of mortality.
India crosses 1-lakh mark in a day
Eight states, including Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, contribute majorly to the spike.
Maharashtra, which is the worst affected, reported the highest single-day rise of 57,074 coronavirus positive cases on Sunday. Maharashtra alone accounts for 58.19 per cent of the total active caseload of the country. Mumbai also registered a record single-day rise of 11,206 cases.
Besides, Delhi recorded over 4,000 cases for the first time in four months. Tamil Nadu and Punjab reported 3,581 and 3,019 Covid-19 cases respectively.
Meanwhile, there are various states that have imposed night curfews while many have closed down educational institutions. The Maharashtra government on Sunday, announced night lockdown for the weekend while weekdays will have mini lockdown. The weekend lockdown will start from 8 pm on Fridays and last till 7 am on Mondays.