India’s active COVID-19 caseload crosses 1.5 lakh mark again

February 23, 2021 0 By FM

India recorded 10,584 fresh cases on Monday, pushing its overall confirmed case tally to 1,10,16,434. Meanwhile, the active cases went past the 1.5 lakh mark again after a gap of 17 days, according to union health ministry data on the day. The number of recoveries has surged to 1,07,12,665. The death count due to the viral disease has gone up to 1,56,463 in the country with 78 more fatalities reported in a 24-hour period.

According to the union health ministry, the surge in active cases is due to Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh reporting a spike in the daily infections.

Maharashtra reported a spike of 5,210 fresh COVID-19 cases after conducting 73.2K tests. The cumulative caseload of the state has risen to 21,06,094, of which the active cases stood at 53,113. The state also reported 5,035 discharges during the day which add up the total recoveries to 19,99,982. With 18 new fatalities, the state’s death toll mounted to 51,806, which is the highest in the nation.

Kerala reported 2,212 new infections, 5,037 recoveries and 16 deaths on Monday. The state had conducted around 38.1K tests during the day, according to official reports. The total case tally now stands at 10,36,870, while the active cases further declined to 55,468. The total recoveries have surged to 9,77,012, and the death toll has mounted to 4,106, till now.

Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh reported 388, 294, and 274 new cases respectively on Monday.

In Gujarat, the state government has decided to set up border check posts to screen people coming from neighbouring states, including Maharashtra, through roads. The decision to conduct coronavirus test on people coming to Gujarat has been taken in view of “continuous increase in COVID-19 cases in the neighbouring states like Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh”, said a government release.

Apart from setting up border check posts at entry points, the state government has also decided to start screening passengers arriving at major railway stations like Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot and Bhavnagar from different parts of the country by trains, it said. Screening booths will also be created at all the major airports of Gujarat.

The Karnataka government also decided to close all roads to Kasaragod in Kerala, except at four points, citing the increasing COVID-19 cases in Kerala. As per the order, issued by the Mangaluru deputy commissioner, all roads to Kasaragod, except the Thalappadi-Mangaluru, Jalsur-Sulia, Sardka-Bantwal, and Nettanige-Puthur roads, would remain closed. At these four points, people will be allowed to cross the border from Kasaragod if they show an RT-PCR negative certificate taken within 72 hours. Those arriving with antigen test reports will not be allowed to enter Karnataka.

Bus conductors should verify the RT-PCR certificates before issuing tickets from Kerala to Karnataka. Those in private vehicles will be inspected at the border check-posts. The same restriction applies to those travelling by train or air.

There will be no curbs on ambulances carrying patients. The inspection is being carried out jointly by the health, revenue, and police departments of Karnataka. There is already an order that day scholars from Kerala studying in educational institutions in Karnataka should submit a negative RT-PCR certificate once in 15 days.

Karnataka has also put up check-posts across Belagavi, Bagalkot, Vijayapura, Kalaburagi, and Bidar districts bordering Maharashtra. Posters have been put up that a RT-PCR negative certificate not older than 72 hours was mandatory for entering Karnataka.

Globally, the COVID-19 cases have risen to 112,263,225 and the reported overall fatalities due to the pandemic has soared to 2,485,386. More than 500,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the United States since the pandemic began, according to Johns Hopkins University on Monday, by far the highest reported figures of any country. The US has the highest number of cases at 28,826,307, which is followed by India and Brazil (10,197,531).