New COVID-19 cases cross 13K on Thursday; infections soar in Maharashtra

February 19, 2021 0 By FM

India’s tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 1,09,63,394 with 13,193 new incidences reported on Thursday. The recoveries have surged to 1,06,67,741 and the total fatalities increased to 1,56,111, according to the union health ministry data.The active infections stood at 1,36,632.

The union health ministry on Thursday informed Kerala and Maharashtra alone account for 75 per cent of the new cases, 72 per cent of new recovered cases and 55 per cent of new deaths.

Maharashtra Thursday reported 5,427 new COVID-19 cases. The caseload in the state rose to 20,81,520 while 38 fatalities took the death toll to 51,669. Due to the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the state, the government has imposed lockdown in some districts in order to contain the spread of the virus. In Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has decided to tighten up the rules and take stern actions against those not following the COVID-19 rules

The Mumbai civic body said 300 marshals will be appointed to take action against passengers travelling without a mask in suburban railways. Citizens flouting rules for home isolation, weddings and public gatherings will be prosecuted, said an order from Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal.

In Amravati and Yavatmal restrictions were put in place. Amravati has been placed under lockdown over the weekend from Saturday evening to Monday. Meanwhile, the Pune Municipal Corporation has issued an order making it mandatory for passengers arriving from Kerala to undergo RT-PCR test on arrival.

The total confirmed cases in Kerala mounted to 10,214,32 after recording 4,584 new COVID-19 incidences on Thursday. The active infections stood at 60,178 after recording 5,193 new discharges on the day. The total recoveries have risen to 9,569,35. The death toll has reached 4,046 after reporting 14 deaths in the past 24 hours.

As per the health ministry, 98,46,523 vaccine doses were given through 2,10,809 sessions till Thursday evening.