As the country has begun to report an increase in regular Covid-19 infections, the possibility of a second wave of the novel coronavirus pandemic in India is looming large.
For the fifth consecutive day, India registered a surge in active cases of coronavirus infections on Monday. For the first time in 17 days, the total active cases of Covid-19 crossed the 1.5-lakh mark.
There are also more than 7,000 coronavirus mutations in the country, some of which, a senior scientist has said, may pose a serious danger.
86.3% of new cases are from five states
86.3 per cent of new cases are from five states, according to an official release by the Union Ministry of Health. The majority of new infections in Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Punjab have been recorded.
The highest daily new cases continue to be reported in Maharashtra at 5,210. Kerala is followed by 2,212, while Tamil Nadu has registered 449 new cases.
In the last 24 hours, the health ministry said, seven states/UTs have not registered any new cases. These are the A&N Islands—Uttarakhand, Ladakh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, D&D and D&N.
Five states account for 78.31% of new deaths
Maharashtra also surpassed the charts in the majority of deaths due to the killer virus. Maharashtra reported 35, Kerala 15, Punjab six, Chattisgarh five, and Madhya Pradesh recorded four fatalities out of 83 deaths reported in a 24-hour period. Of the latest Covid-related deaths, these five states account for 78.31 per cent.
The data from the health ministry also suggested that 19 states/UTs have not registered any deaths from coronavirus in the last 24 hours. These are the Islands of Andaman & Nicobar, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, J&K, Rajasthan, Odisha, Goa, Chandigarh, Assam, Manipur, Sikkim, Lakshadweep, Tripura, Nagaland, Ladakh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Daman and Diu and Dadar and Nagar Haveli.
India Covid-19 Update
Meanwhile, the daily new Covid-19 cases in India grew to more than 14,000, bringing the country’s total positive case count to 1,10,05,850 on Monday.
Maharashtra confirmed 5,210 new coronavirus infections, with more than 6,000 cases registered three days in a row by the health department.
Kerala has seen 2,212 new cases of coronavirus, including two cases that have returned from the United Kingdom and 16 deaths, with a gross caseload of 10,37,218 and a toll of 4,105. Recoveries at 5,037 exceeded the number of new infections.
Tamil Nadu registered 449 new Covid-19 cases and six deaths, with a total of 8.48.724 and a death toll of 12.466 announced by the Health Department. Recoveries outnumbered fresh infections with 461 people discharged, with a net total of 8.32.167 leaving 4.091 active cases.