India daily Covid-19 cases hit 59-day high amid fears of a second wave

People wearing protective face masks stand in a line to enter a metro station amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in New Delhi, India. (Photo courtesy: Reuters)

(, Mar07’21) – After reaching its lowest level in the second and third weeks of February, Covid-19 cases in India have kept increasing. The rise in cases, which so far looked confined to Maharashtra and Punjab, is now beginning to spread to several other states, noted the Mar 7.

New Delhi has urged six states and two Union territories reporting increases in daily cases to make optimal use of vaccine doses in critical districts, step up vaccination of priority groups, tie up with private hospitals for opening up vaccination time-table for at least 15 days, and to increase contact-tracing to at least 20 people for every positive case, said another report Mar 7.

India’s daily Covid-19 cases yesterday, reported this morning, at over 18,700 was the highest in the past 59 days, while the worst-hit state of Maharashtra logged more than 10,000 cases for the second day running, reported the Mar7.

The latest data from India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare show that there were 18,711 new Covid-19 cases and 100 new deaths in the country in the past 24 hours as of Mar 07 at 8 AM, taking their cumulative totals to 11,210,799 cases and 157,756 deaths respectively.

A total of 10,868,520, or 96.95%, had recovered while the number of active cases was 184,523, or 1.65% of the total. The case fatality was at 1.41%. The percentage of recoveries and actives cases have continued to worsen in recent days.

The latest daily number of new cases, at 18,711, was more than the daily number of those who had recovered, at 14,392, leading to an increase in the number of active cases by 4,219.

Fifteen states have reported 100 or more new cases in the last 24 hours, namely Maharashtra (10,187), Kerala (2,791), Punjab (1,159), Karnataka (580), Tamil Nadu (562), Gujarat (571), Madhya Pradesh (467), Haryana (323), Delhi (321), Chattisgarh (290), West Bengal (259), Rajasthan (233), Telangana (158), Uttar Pradesh (130), Chandigarh (122) and Andhra Pradesh (115). 

Five states have reported 3 or more Covid-19 deaths each in the last 24 hours, namely Maharashtra (47), Kerala (16), Punjab (12), Tamil Nadu (4), Karnataka (5), and Haryana (3). The rest of the states have reported 2 or less deaths.

India is currently the country with the world’s second highest number of Covid-19 cases and the fourth highest number of deaths in cumulative numbers.


Across the world the number of Covid-19 cases totaled 116,587,701 and the deaths 2,589,408, according to the tally of Johns Hopkins University as of 4:56 PM on Mar 07, 2021.


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