Covid-19: 70 districts across 16 states saw cases spike by over 150% between March 1 and 15

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Covid-19 cases increased by over 150 per cent in 70 districts spread across 16 states in the country in the 15-day period starting March 1, the government said on Wednesday. In addition, 55 districts in 17 states witnessed a spike of anywhere between 100 and 150 per cent, the Centre also observed. Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan, addressing a press conference on Wednesday evening, said that most states and districts, where the increasing trend has been observed, are located in the central and western parts of India.

During his presentation, the health secretary also said that the number of daily new cases reported in India was at its highest in September 2020 with 97,894 cases reported on a single day. However, the cases started to decline until February 2021, after which it again witnessed an upward trend, calling it a “matter of concern”.

The health secretary’s remarks came after India, earlier in the day, reported its highest daily new cases this year. With 28,903 cases and 188 deaths, the country’s Covid-19 tally reached 11,438,734 cases and the death toll climbed to 159,044, as per the Union health ministry’s data.

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In Maharashtra, which remains the worst-affected state by the pandemic so far, Nanded district witnessed an increase of 385 per cent in the number of cases reported between March 1 and 15, followed by Nandurbar with a 224 per cent increase and Beed with a 219 per cent increase. In the same period, Dhule, Nashik, Jalgaon, Bhandara and Nagpur districts, the increase was less than 200 per cent, while in Chandrapur, Ahmednagar, Buldhana, Aurangabad and Akola, it was less than 100 per cent.

Districts of Concern, as shared by the ministry of health and family welfare.(Twitter/@COVIDNewsByMIB)
Districts of Concern, as shared by the ministry of health and family welfare.(Twitter/@COVIDNewsByMIB)

According to data from the health secretary, among other states, cases increased by 500 per cent in Ratlam in Madhya Pradesh, by 425 per cent in Surajpur in Chhattisgarh and by 367 per cent in Himachal Pradesh’s Sirmaur districts in the mentioned period. Rupnagar in Punjab also reported a spike of 256 per cent, the ministry’s noted.

Earlier in the day, the ministry also said that an upward trajectory of cases is being observed in Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka, Haryana, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh.

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