Punjab among 5 states logging 86% cases; jab for 50+ from March

Punjab among 5 states logging 86% cases; jab for 50+ from March

A health worker during door-to-door screening at Dharavi, Mumbai. PTI

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 22

Fuelled by a surge in cases in Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Punjab, India’s Covid-19 active caseload today crossed 1.50 lakh for the first time in 17 days and the fresh cases saw the steepest rise in five days.

The Health Ministry today recorded 1,50,055 active cases as against 1,45,634 yesterday, clocking 4,421 cases in a day. Active cases have been rising since February 17, when the load was 1,36,549. The daily new cases have also been outstripping the recoveries for five days with 14,199 new infections today as against 9,695 new recoveries. The deaths today were 83, taking the toll to 1,56,385.

Spike in Punjab

  • 200 & 350 daily cases for past several days
  • 5,000 cases in a period of 21 days starting Feb 1
  • 3,019 active cases on Feb 21 as against 2,101 on Feb 1
  • 583 highest number of active cases in SBS Nagar
  • Infection tally 1,78,459
  • Death toll 5,754

  • Vax hesitancy: 79,000 of 2.06 lakh healthcare workers opt for vaccine, showing hesitancy

The Health Ministry said 86.3 pc of the new cases today were from Maharashtra (6,971), Kerala (4,070), Tamil Nadu (452), Karnataka (413) and Punjab (348).

A total of 1,14,24,094 vaccine doses have been administered so far in 38 days. Today, 3,07,238 doses were given, with two deaths reported in the last 24 hours and post-mortem results awaited.

Also read: Dhuri hospital a Covid centre, expectant mothers in pain

Lakshadweep, Gujarat, Rajasthan and MP have had over 75 per cent vaccine coverage while less than 40 per cent coverage has been reported in Punjab (39.3 pc), Chandigarh (37.2 pc) and Puducherry (33.4 pc).

The Ministry said seven states have not reported any new case in the last 24 hours. With infections rising, a debate has ensued on whether the government should allow easy access to vaccination through the open markets. From March, the government plans to cover 50 plus people. From March, the government plans to cover 50 plus people. The Health Ministry has asked states to prepare facility to deliver the shots starting March 1.

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