New Delhi: Health Minister of Karnataka Dr K Sudhakar on Sunday said the second wave of coronavirus had begun, seeking people’s cooperation to contain the spread of the virus.

“We are at the beginning of the second wave of coronavirus. Let us all join hands to control it because the next three months are crucial for us,” a report by The Indian Express quoted Sudhakar as saying.

Meanwhile, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla tested positive for COVID on March 19, a press release announced on Sunday. Birla has been admitted to AIIMS COVID Centre in New Delhi, where he is getting treated since March 20. Birla’s condition is stable and his parameters are normal, the press release by AIIMS informed.

India recorded 43,846 new cases in the last 24 hours ending 8 am Saturday, taking the country’s total tally to over 1.15 crore cases. This is the highest single-day spike since November 25. Out of this, over 3.09 lakh cases are active while 1.11 crore people have recovered. Maharashtra reported 27,126 new cases, while Punjab had 2,578 on Sunday.

With 197 new deaths, the death toll is now over 1.59 lakh. Six states account for 86.8 per cent of the new COVID deaths and Maharashtra tops the chart with 92 causalities reported on Sunday.


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