New Delhi: With a spike of 35,871 fresh coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, the highest daily rise since early December.

The Health Ministry of India on Wednesday said that a total of 70 districts in 16 states have seen an increase of more than 150 per cent in active cases between March 1 and 15.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi held a meeting with chief ministers. Decisive steps like management of micro-containment zones and strict enforcement of restrictions were necessary to stop what he called the “emerging second peak” of COVID. More than 1.14 crore cases have been recorded by India so far; 1.59 lakh people have died.

“Some areas are seeing more of a surge than others,” Modi said and asked the states to focus on the issue. “If we don’t stop this right now, then there could be a situation of a nationwide outbreak. We have to immediately stop the emerging second peak and take big and decisive steps,” Modi told the chief ministers.

India has been logging more than 20,000 cases every day since last week. Yesterday, the government data showed 28,903 COVID cases were logged in the previous 24 hours, 24 per cent lower than the latest surge. 172 deaths – linked to COVID- were logged in the last 24 hours. Yesterday, the country logged 188 deaths, the highest this week.


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