Covid figures up in 5 states, must stick to safety measures, says Centre

Prime News, National (New Delhi), February 20:- Five states — Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh — are experiencing an upsurge in daily cases, the Centre said today. The upswing comes after a low that started in November-December and amid a race to push forward the vaccination process. The Centre has said that more than 1.07 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far to health workers and frontline workers for Covid.

“In the past week, Maharashtra has exhibited a spike in the number of daily new cases, accounting for the highest number of daily new cases in the country today. In the last 24 hours, 6,112 daily new cases have been reported in the state,” the Centre said.

“Similar to Maharashtra, Punjab has also shown a sudden spike in the number of daily new cases reported in last 7 days with 383 daily new cases in last 24 hours,” read the statement from the government.

The authorities in Maharashtra have attributed the rise to laxity in implementing the safety measures, especially since the local trains started running.

On Thursday, strict measures were announced in Mumbai as well as two districts — Amravati and Yavatmal. Mumbai Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal said citizens flouting rules for home isolation, weddings and public gatherings will be prosecuted. (MR, Inputs: Agencies(,

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