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Coronavirus: Five states including Maharashtra and Punjab show steep rise in daily new cases

By Rajan Nath -- March 19, 2021 2:01 pm -- Updated:March 19, 2021 4:42 pm

Coronavirus India: Amid growing concerns over the second peak of coronavirus, some states in the country have been reporting a surge in the daily new COVID-19 cases including Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat, and Chhattisgarh.

These states together account for 80.63 percent of the daily new cases of coronavirus in India.

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Coronavirus India: Amid fear over second peak of coronavirus, five states including Maharashtra, Punjab, reports spike in COVID-19 cases.

A total of 39,726 new daily cases were reported in the last 24 hours while Maharashtra continued to report the highest daily new cases of coronavirus at 25,833, 65 percent of the daily cases.

Maharashtra was followed by Punjab with 2,369 while Kerala reported 1,899 new cases of coronavirus.

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Coronavirus India: Amid fear over second peak of coronavirus, five states including Maharashtra, Punjab, reports spike in COVID-19 cases.

The Centre has been engaging with all State and UT Governments, especially those showing an upsurge in daily new cases and with a high caseload of active cases. The Government is regularly reviewing the status of COVID-19 containment and public health measures with them.

Coronavirus India: Amid fear over second peak of coronavirus, five states including Maharashtra, Punjab, reports spike in COVID-19 cases.

The States and UTs have been advised to improve testing in districts reporting a reduction in testing and increase the overall share of RT-PCR tests (more than 70%), especially in districts dependent on high levels of antigen testing in line with the ‘Test Track and Treat’ strategy of the government.

States and UTs have also advised to carry out an average close contact tracing of a minimum of 20 persons per positive case (in the first 72 hours) along with isolation and early treatment of the serious cases as per clinical protocol.

It is also advised to focus on surveillance and stringent containment of those areas in selected districts that are seeing a cluster of cases and focus on clinical management in districts reporting higher deaths.

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