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India Coronavirus: Experts say sharp rise in Covid-19 cases ‘alarming’

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India Coronavirus: Experts say the sharp rise in Covid-19 cases ‘alarming’

India recorded 2,60,000 fresh coronavirus cases last week. One of the worst weekly increases since the pandemic began early last year. Moreover, the western state of Maharashtra accounts for nearly 70% of the national caseload.

On the other side, experts say that poor attachment to safety protocols is driving the surge. Some say new variants could also be a reason, but it isn’t established yet. India has so far recorded more than 11 million cases and 1,60,000 deaths.

While India’s caseload began to dip at the start of 2021 with daily infections falling to less than 20,000 from a peak of over 90,000 in September. But the last few weeks have seen a sharp uptick.

India coronavirus: Experts say the sharp rise in Covid-19 cases 'alarming'
                                                                      Source: Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, data to 22nd Mar

However, Maharashtra leads the table, several other states – Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, and Madhya Pradesh are also seeing a rise in cases. In Mumbai, Maharashtra’s capital, officials have said they will roll out.

On the other side, Random rapid tests in crowded areas such as shopping centers and train stations. Last week, between 15th and 21st March, India reported 1,00,000 more cases than the previous week. While Prominent critical care expert Dr. A Fathahudeen, who has treated thousands of Covid patients.

Moreover, the situation is far from normal, in fact, it’s alarming at the moment. The vaccination drive has to be scaled up massively. And test and trace and isolation protocols have to be strengthened across the country. More than 40 million people in India have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine so far, but that’s less than 4% of the country’s population.

Besides, the government aims to cover 250 million priority people by the end of July. Although the pace of vaccination has picked up, more than three million people were administrating doses in a single day. 

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