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India - The latest COVID-19 surge is centered in the western state of Maharashtra - March 29, 2021

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  • India - The latest COVID-19 surge is centered in the western state of Maharashtra - March 29, 2021

    India at risk, health infrastructure could be swamped

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    India’s confirmed infections have exceeded 60,000 daily over the past week from a low of about 10,000 in February. On Monday, the health ministry reported 68,020 new cases, the sharpest daily rise since October last year, taking the nationwide tally to more than 12 million.

    Daily deaths rose by 291 on Monday, taking the total death toll due to the virus to 161,843.

    The latest surge is centred in the western state of Maharashtra, which on Sunday reported 40,414 new coronavirus cases, almost two-thirds of the national total, many of them in the densely populated financial capital Mumbai.

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    Breathless patients queue outside hospitals as a second wave of Covid infections crashes over India

    New, more infectious variants are thought to be behind a rapid, six-fold escalation in cases since mid-February
    In India’s northern state of Punjab, also badly affected by the resurgence, the UK variant - which is up to 70 per cent more contagious – was found in 81 per cent of 401 samples collected between January 1 and March 10.

    There is also concern about a more transmissible domestic strain, after the Indian Government said it had found 771 variants of concern, including one “double mutant” strain which has infected over 200 people in Maharashtra.
    Coronavirus India Live Updates: Eight states account for 84.73% of new Covid-19 cases
    Coronavirus India Live Updates: The Union Health Ministry Wednesday said that eight states – Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Punjab & Madhya Pradesh accounted for 84.73% of the new Covid-19 cases.

    Former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Devegowda and his wife Chennamma tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday. “My wife Chennamma and I have tested positive for COVID-19.

    India reported 53,480 new cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally of infections to 1,21,49,335, according to data from the Health Ministry. 354 deaths were reported on Tuesday, the highest since December 16, out of which 140 were reported from Maharashtra. The overall death toll stood at 1,62,468.

    “The only security we have is our ability to adapt."