Kerala, Maharashtra, Bengal, Delhi see rise in COVID-19 cases during festivals

Published: 27 October, 2020 18:30 IST | IANS | Mumbai

The ministry also said that an assessment of the Covid-19 pandemic is scheduled in these states to plan a follow-up strategy to contain the disease's spread

Devotees take part in Durga Devi visarjan of Bengal Club, Shivaji Park in Dadar. Pic/Ashish Rane
Devotees take part in Durga Devi visarjan of Bengal Club, Shivaji Park in Dadar. Pic/Ashish Rane

The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday said that Covid-19 situation has worsened in Maharashtra, West Bengal, Karnataka, Kerala and Delhi amid the ongoing festivals.

According to the ministry, these states/Union Territories have accounted for 58 per cent of the fatalities occurring due to Covid-19 in the country in 24 hours between 8 a.m. on Monday to 8 a.m. on Tuesday.

Besides, four of these states and clubbing Chhattisgarh have reported 49.4 per cent of the total new infections in the country in the same time period, it added.

The ministry also said that an assessment of the Covid-19 pandemic is scheduled in these states to plan a follow-up strategy to contain the disease's spread.

"We have scheduled a discussion with these states which are faring the worst in managing the Covid situation. We would discuss the scenario with Kerala, West Bengal and Delhi on Thursday while an assessment with Maharashtra and Kerala will be done by the end of this week," Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said at a press conference.

According to the data, Maharashtra saw 84 deaths in the last 24 hours taking its toll to 43,348, West Bengal saw 59 deaths with its toll reaching 6,546, Delhi saw 54 deaths to send its toll to 6,312, Chhattisgarh saw 43 deaths (toll 1,861) and Karnataka 42 deaths to bring its till up to 10,947

The five states that accounted for 49.4 per cent of new infections in the last 24 hours were Kerala, with 4,287 new cases (tally 39,7217), West Bengal 4,121 (tally 3,53,822), Maharashtra 3,645 (tally 1,648,665), Karnataka 3,130 (tally 805,947) and Delhi 2,832 cases (tally rising to 359,488).

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