Nationally, coronavirus cases are growing at a daily rate of 0.45 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry. Amongst the ten states with maximum caseloads, only three – Delhi, Kerala and West Bengal — are currently growing faster than the national rate, showed the official data.
India reported 37,441 new COVID-19 incidences on Monday pushing the case tally to 91,77,753. Of the total caseload, the overall active cases remained at 4,37,782 as of now. Meanwhile, the number of people who have recuperated from the virus infection has reached 86,03,639 with 42,195 patients getting recovered yesterday. The death toll climbed to 1,34,254 with 481 new fatalities.
According to the data collated from the state health ministry, the biggest rise in active cases in the last two weeks has come from Rajasthan followed by Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh.
Although Delhi and Kerala continue to report a surge in the number of new cases almost every day, they are showing a declining trend in their active cases. Meanwhile, states with relatively smaller caseloads like Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh have recently been reporting a spurt in new COVID-19 cases. These states have been seeing a significant rise in active cases whilst the fresh cases of coronavirus infections continued to decline or remain stagnant in the worst-affected states like Maharashtra.
In light of the recent increase in cases, the Union government has decided to depute high-level central teams to UP, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh to support the states in COVID-19 response and management as these states have been either reporting a surge in the number of active cases or demonstrating a rise in the daily new COVID-19 incidences.
The three-membered central teams will visit the districts to support the state efforts towards strengthening containment, surveillance, testing, infection prevention and control measures, and efficient clinical management of the positive cases. The teams shall also guide in effectively managing the challenges related to timely diagnosis and follow up. Earlier the Union government has sent the high-level teams to Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Manipur, and Chhattisgarh.
Delhi reported 4,454 new cases on Monday after conducting only around 37,307 tests taking the total number of cases to 5,34,317. Also, 121 more deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of deaths to 8,512. Of the total cases, 4,88,476 people have recovered and there are 37,329 active cases.
Health Minister Satyendar Jain said that the heavy pollution due to stubble burning along with the pandemic was a double attack and that could have led to the higher number of deaths. The pollution will come down and the number of deaths will also come down in one to two weeks, the minister added.
The district administration on Monday had ordered the shutting down of two prominent local markets for not adhering to COVID-19 norms in west Delhi. According to the order, the Punjabi Basti Market and the Janta Market in Nangloi were directed to close for violating COVID-19 guidelines and social distancing norms till November 30.
Delhi government had written to the Centre to seek powers to impose shutdowns in city markets if they were found flouting COVID-19 norms, said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Maharashtra reported 4,153 new COVID-19 cases on Monday after conducting 68,500 tests, as opposed to just 3,729 recoveries. The total case tally has risen to 17,84,361 with the number of active cases climbing to 81,902. The cumulative recoveries stand at 16,51,064 with the state’s recovery standing at 92.74%. However, the number of deaths was comparatively lower at 30, taking the total fatalities to 46,653. The State Surveillance Officer Dr Pradeep Awate said that the state’s case-fatality rate had declined incrementally to 2.61%.
With 3,757 new incidences, Kerala’s cumulative case burden soared to 5,66,453. The state had tested over 35,700 samples on the day. 5,425 recoveries were reported during the day. So far, 5,00,089 persons who contracted COVID-19 have recuperated from the infection. The active caseload stood at 64,174 cases. The state’s cumulative death toll rose to 2,072, with the addition of 22 more deaths.
West Bengal added 3,557 new infections taking the total caseload to 4,59,918. The active infections stood at 25,030 in the state. As many as 3,687 patients were recovered yesterday while 47 patients succumbed to ailments related to the infection. The total recoveries went up to 4,26,816 till now and the fatalities totalled 8,072.
Rajasthan saw 3,232 positive cases on Monday pushing its COVID-19 case tally to 2,47,168. Of the total caseload 24,116 are active infections at present with 2,20,871 patients getting recovered and 2,181 succumbing to the infection till now, as per the data from the State health ministry.
Uttar Pradesh added new cases at 2,053 pushing the caseload to 5,28,833. The active infections stood at 23,776 with 4,97,475 recoveries and 7,582 fatalities reported so far.
With 2,663 new COVID incidences the caseload of Haryana rose to 2,19,963. The active cases stood at 20,412 with 1,97,335 recoveries and 2,216 deaths reported till now.
Chhattisgarh also saw cases at 2K mark with 2,061 infections taking the total caseload to 2,25,497 and active cases under treatment to 21,926. So far 2,00,825 recoveries and 2,746 deaths have been reported in the state.
The active infections in Punjab spiked to 6,687 with 711 new infections. The new cases took the total count of cases in the state to 1,47,057 with 4,631 deaths and 1,35,739 recoveries in all.
In Himachal Pradesh, the active infections stood at 6,677 with 26,733 overall recoveries and 528 deaths reported so far. The caseload of the state stood at 34,327. With 454 new infections, the total caseload of the state escalated to 34,781. The total recoveries have reached 27,518 and the fatalities due to the infection took to 550.
In the wake of rising cases of coronavirus, the Himachal Pradesh government has imposed a night curfew from 8 pm to 6 am in four districts including the state’s capital Shimla from November 24 to December 15.
The other three districts where night curfew has been imposed are Kangra, Mandi and Kullu.
The state government has also increased the penalty for not wearing masks to Rs 1000, cabinet minister Suresh Bhardwaj said. He also said that the government offices will work with 50 per cent staff strength (Class 3 and Class 4 employees) till December 31.The government has prohibited rallies in the state and also decided to keep all schools closed till December 31.