Five states account for over 70 per cent of new COVID infections

NEW DELHI, Mar 17: Five states, Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu, continue to report a high number of daily COVID-19 cases, and account for 71.10 per cent of the 28,903 new infections reported on Wednesday, the Union Health Ministry said.
The sixth state with the highest number of infections is Kerala, which has been reporting a consistently declining trend over the last month. With Kerala added to the list, the six states account for 83.91 per cent of the new cases, the ministry said.
Maharashtra alone accounts for 61.8 per cent of the daily new cases with 17,864 cases. It is followed by Kerala with 1,970 cases while Punjab reported 1,463 new cases, the ministry said.
Kerala is reporting a consistently declining trend over the last one month. India’s total active caseload has reached 2.34 lakh (2,34,406) comprising 2.05 per cent of the total infections.
“Maharashtra, Kerala and Punjab account for 76.4 per cent of India’s total active cases, with Maharashtra alone contributing nearly 60 per cent,” the ministry highlighted.
Over 3.5 crore (3,50,64,536) vaccine doses have been administered through 5,86,855 sessions, as per the provisional report till Wednesday 7 am, the ministry said.
These include 75,06,155 healthcare workers (HCWs) who have been given the 1st dose, 45,54,855 HCWs who have been administered the 2nd dose), 76,00,030 frontline workers (FLWs) who have taken the 1st dose) and16,47,644 FLWs who have been given the 2nd doses. (PTI)