India, on Sunday, registered 15,616 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking its total confirmed caseload to 11,112,056. The total count of active cases has jumped to 170,293. The number of recoveries has surged to 1,07,86,457, according to the union health ministry data. The death count due to the pandemic has gone up to 157,157 in the country with 106 more fatalities reported in the past 24-hour period.
The five states with highest total cases are Maharashtra (2,155,070), Kerala (1,059,403), Karnataka (951,251), Andhra Pradesh (889,916), and Tamil Nadu (851,542).
Maharashtra reported over 8,293 new coronavirus cases, 3,753 recoveries, and 62 deaths in the last 24 hours. A total of 52,154 people have died due to COVID-19 in the state so far. As many as 2,024,704 people have recovered from the disease.
Kerala reported 3,254 cases while Punjab recorded 579 infections.
Amid a sharp surge in COVID-19 cases across the state, the Tamil Nadu authorities on Sunday extended the lockdown till March 31. The state recorded 479 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday.Tamil Nadu government on Sunday extended COVID-induced lockdown in the state till 31 March, 2021 amid spurt in novel coronavirus cases. The state government, in its new order, instructed authorities to enforce strict COVID -19 norms to curb virus spread as well as take action against violators.
“…the Government of Tamil Nadu hereby order to extend the state-wide lockdown till 24:00 hrs of 31.3.2021 under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 with various relaxations,” the state government notification stated.
The order says that the district administration should strictly enforce measures to prevent and manage COVID-19 using provisions of Section 144.
The order also stated that there should be “strict adherence to the prescribed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). These include movement of passenger trains; air travel; metro trains; schools; higher educational institutions; hotels and restaurants; shopping malls, multiplexes and entertainment parks; yoga centres and gymnasiums etc.
Meanwhile, other states like Maharashtra and Gujarat are also witnessing massive surge in coronavirus cases and the respective state governments have extended the lockdown in some districts.
Coronavirus cases rise unabated across the globe with 114,673,519 infected by the deadly contagion. While 90,228,716 have recovered, 2,542,556 have died so far. India continues to be second-most-affected globally, and ranks 13th among worst-hit nations by active cases. The US remains the worst-hit country with 29,254,561, followed by India, Brazil, Russia and the United Kingdom. However, it terms of the total number of active cases, US tops the charts, followed by France, UK, Brazil and Belgium.