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Maharashtra leads India’s surge in Covid-19 cases, Tibetan cases total 1,612

(TibetanReview.net, Mar12’21) – New Delhi has on Mar 11 expressed “very serious concern” over rapidly rising Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra as eight of the top 10 districts reporting most number of active cases were in the state and its active caseload had more than doubled in the last month, reported the timesofindia.com Mar 12.

The Centre has also issued a caution for Delhi and its neighbourhood, saying there was a rise in positivity rate in the capital and NCR regions like Gurgaon and Faridabad as also Gautam Budh Nagar and Ghaziabad. On the positive side, the number of active cases in Kerala, a state which saw a worrying rise in cases, has been declining, the report added.

Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu continue to report a surge in daily cases. They cumulatively account for 85.6% of new cases reported in past 24 hours, the report noted.

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The latest data from India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare show that there were 23,285 new Covid-19 cases and 117 new deaths in the country in the past 24 hours as of Mar 12 at 8 AM, taking their cumulative totals to 11,308,846 cases and 158,306 deaths respectively.

A total of 10,953,303, or 96.86%, had recovered while the number of active cases was 197,237, or 1.74% of the total. The case fatality was at 1.4%. The percentages of recoveries and active cases have seen marked deterioration over the previous day’s figures while the fatality rate has remained unchanged.

The latest daily number of new cases, at 23,285, was significantly more than the daily number of those who had recovered, at 15,157, leading to a significant increase in the number of active cases by 8,011.

Sixteen states have reported more than 100 new cases in the last 24 hours, namely Maharashtra (14,317), Kerala (2,133), Punjab (1,305), Karnataka (783), Gujarat (710), Tamil Nadu (685), Madhya Pradesh (530), Haryana (442), Delhi (409), Chattisgarh (378), West Bengal (244), Telangana (181), Rajasthan (203), Andhra Pradesh (174), Uttar Pradesh (143), and Chandigarh (108).

Eight states have reported 3 or more Covid-19 deaths each in the last 24 hours, namely Maharashtra (57), Punjab (18), Kerala (13), Tamil Nadu (5), Madhya Pradesh (4), Delhi (3), Chattisgarh (3), and West Bengal (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.

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The cumulative total of Covid-19 cases among Tibetans in India, Nepal and Bhutan has reached 1,612 after 11 new cases were detected in the past one week. Of them 1,496 had recovered, 73 were active and 43 had died, according to the 50th Covid-19 taskforce briefing of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) on Mar 12.

The taskforce has said the 11 new Tibetan cases that had been detected in past one week included 4 from Dharamshala, 3 from Mundgod, 2 from Shimla, and 1 each from Rajpur and Dolanji.

A total of 3,320 Tibetans have been vaccinated so far, it was stated.

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Across the world the number of Covid-19 cases totaled 118,671,830 and the deaths 2,631,758, according to the tally of Johns Hopkins University as of 3:55 PM on Mar 12, 2021.

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