The Union health ministry on Tuesday expressed its concern over the rapidly surging cases of COVID-19 in Kerala and Maharashtra.
“Kerala and Maharashtra with 61,550 and 37,383 active cases respectively account for 72% of the total active cases in the country,” Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said.
Whereas, the nationwide cases are reported to be coming down gradually, the spurt in these two states have raised an alarm for the health ministry.
Stating India’s trajectory, Bhushan said that the nation has seen 56 new cases of the coronavirus disease per million population in the last one week.
He also gave out details of vaccination in various states during the first phase of the campaign. “Sikkim, Rajasthan, Mizoram, Jharkhand, Kerala, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Tripura, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, MP, Uttarakhand, Lakshwadweep and Tripura have administered the first doses of the vaccine to more than 70% of the registered healthcare workers,” Bhushan said.
According to official records, 87,40, 595 Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered to people across the country till 1pm on Tuesday. While 85, 69, 917 got the first dose, at least 170,678 have been given the second dose.
Another concern is that the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that the number of people infected by the UK variant of Covid-19 has also gone up and the total cases are 187.
“Today we have 187 UK variant patients. All confirmed cases are quarantined and treated,” said Dr. Balram Bhargava, ICMR chief. He also said that “their contacts have been isolated and tested. The neutralisation potential with the UK variant of the virus is there with the vaccine that we have.”
Meanwhile, the Mumbai Mayor has warned the people that another lockdown may be imposed if they fail to follow the COVID protocol in public.