Punjab sees steepest 1-day surge in over a month

6 states contribute over 84% of cases in 24 hours

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 5

India’s total caseload remained above 1.7 lakh for the third day and recorded a sharp rise on account of steep surge in six states, including Punjab and Haryana.

Overall, active cases reached 1,76,319 today with the present load making up 1.58 per cent of the total cases.

Even as 1.9 crore vaccine doses were administered nationally as of today and nearly 10 lakh doses were given in the past 24 hours, Maharashtra, Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi reported high daily new cases in the last 24 hours. These states contributed 84.44 per cent (16,838) of the fresh cases.

Maharashtra continued to report the highest daily new cases at 8,998. It was followed by Kerala with 2,616, while Punjab reported 1,071 new cases. Punjab’s daily rise was the steepest in more than a month.

So far as active cases go, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal showed a reduction in the last 24 hours, while Maharashtra, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi and Gujarat displayed a rise in the active cases during the same time period.

India’s Covid-19 tally has climbed to 1,11,73,761, while the number of patients who have recuperated from the disease has reached 1,08,39,894. Toll stands at 1,57,548 after 113 deaths in 24 hours.

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