In the so-called second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, India has reported around 86,020 fresh positive cases in the last 24 hours. However, only eight states, including Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Punjab, accounted for 84.5% of the new cases.
According to the Union Health Ministry, Maharashtra reported the highest daily spike of 40,414 positive cases, followed by 3,082 in Karnataka, 2,870 in Punjab, 2,276 in Madhya Pradesh, 2,270 in Gujarat, 2,216 in Kerala, 2,194 in Tamil Nadu, and 2,153 in Chhattisgarh.
Meanwhile, 291 people have succumbed to death in the last 24 hours, taking the overall death toll in the country to 1,61,843.
Currently, there are 5,21,808 active cases in the country, while a total of 1,13,55,993 patients have recovered from the infection.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra state appears to go into another lockdown in the coming week as the total active cases in the state reached a new high.
More than 1.13 lakh new infections were recorded in the last three days, while a total of 40,414 new cases were reported on Sunday.
In a meeting with Health Minister Rajesh Tope, Health Secretary Dr. Pradeep Vyas, and the COVID Task Force, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray discussed the lockdown options to control the resurgence.
During the anticipated lockdown, essential services like grocery shops and medical stores will continue operating, while private offices will be advised to implement to work from home option or operate with less than 50% of employees.
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