Maharashtra and Karnataka report their highest single-day spike of Corona cases
Mumbai/Bengaluru/Thiruvananthapuram: Maharashtra and Karnataka reported their highest single-day spike of respectively 10,576 and 4,764 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, while the Kerala government cancelled the Assembly session it had scheduled for July 27 in view of the rapid spread of Covid-19 in the state.
Karnataka has now also joined Andhra Pradesh and Meghalaya at the top as regards the doubling rate of the disease, the Union Health Ministry’s COVID-19 health bulletin stated on Thursday. It added that in Gujarat, rising number of cases in Surat was a “matter of concern;” the district reported the highest 256, cases on Wednesday. The diamond city now has 11,128 cases while the death toll in the district has crossed 500 mark.
While the tally of total reported Covid cases in Maharashtra rose to 3,37,607, the number of active cases stood at 1,36,980. The death toll in the state was 12,556. The Maharashtra Government now plans to set up a Single Command Centre to oversee ‘Corona virus bed management’ in hospitals in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region which includes Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Navi Mumbai. It has also clarified that there would be no more large-scale lockdown in the state, as efforts were being made to bring back normalcy in people’s lives. Health Minister Rajesh Tope said the state was working on SOPs to restart various trades and services in the state including Gyms and Shopping malls.
In Kerala, a special Cabinet meeting on next Monday will decide upon whether another lock down should be clamped in the state. Indian Medical Association had pointed out that regional lockdowns instead of complete lockdown would be effective in the state, with all signs of community transmission. Three more Covid deaths were reported in the state on Wednesday with the fatalities from Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode and Malappuram, taking the toll to 48.
– globalbihari bureau