68000 COVID-19 positive cases in 24 hours

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There has been an unprecedented surge in Covid-19 cases which has peaked at 68,020 in the past 24 hours, the highest in the past 5 months.

The soaring numbers raise concern for Centre which has stated that 8 states account for 84.5% of new infections. The 8 states namely Maharashtra, Karnataka, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Chhattisgarh, accounted for 84.5% of the new cases.

Maharashtra is the worst coronavirus-hit state in India currently and has recorded the highest daily new cases at 40,414. This is followed distantly by Karnataka (3,082) and Punjab (2,870).

India has been registering more than 60,000 COVID-19 infections for the past few days.

Earlier on March 27, the Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan chaired a high-level meet with 12 states and UTs that are reporting a surge in cases. According to the MoHFW, the states were informed that the country has seen the sharpest rise in weekly COVID-19 cases and fatalities since May 2020 (7.7% and 5.1% respectively).

The states and UTs were advised to focus on stringent containment and public health measures in 46 high burden districts.

There have been a few curfews that have been reinstated with the massive increase in the corona infections but there have been no moves to issue any kind of complete lockdown in any state including Maharashtra with its explosive increase of infections.

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