Coronavirus India: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has convened a meeting with all chief ministers to discuss the upsurge in COVID-19 cases in several states. The review meeting called by PM Modi will take place at 12.30 pm on Wednesday.
PM Modi has called for a review meeting after India, which had been reporting around 10,000 daily Covid-19 cases earlier this year, on Monday recorded 26,291 new cases, the highest single-day spike in 85 days.
The total number of deaths due to the coronavirus pandemic in the country has increased to 1,58,725 with 118 fresh deaths being recorded in 24 hours.
Currently, India has 2,19,262 active cases, which is 1.93 percent of the total number of cases in the country while the recovery rate has dropped to 96.68 percent.
The upsurge in the daily coronavirus cases in India is led by five states that have reported 78.41 percent of the total new cases, the Union Health Ministry stated. These states are Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Punjab, and Tamil Nadu.
Maharashtra is one of the worst-hit states in the country that alone accounts for over 63 percent of these cases, it said.
Meanwhile, the Health Ministry stated that the rising trajectory of daily new cases was visible in eight states -- Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka, and Haryana.
PM Narendra Modi has had several meetings over the coronavirus situation in the country with the chief ministers since March last year. The last meeting was in January to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in India.
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