All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) chief Randeep Guleria on Tuesday, said 'Laxity shown by people in following coronavirus or COVID-19 protocols and mutant strains of the virus are the main reason behind sudden spike in cases in India'.
Guleria, speaking to a news channel, asserted that the situation could be 'severe' as the previous one if norms were not followed. "The cases could spread even more rapidly if steps like wearing masks and contact-tracing were not followed", he said, adding that people are taking pandemic easy.
Notably, the South Asian country India is witnessing a sudden surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths after touchcing a low of less than 10,000 cases in February.
Yesterday, the country recorded 46,951 infections, highest so far in the last four and half months. The Health Ministry has said that Maharashtra, Punjab, Kerala, Karnataka, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh are exhibiting a steep rise in daily cases.
Of the total cases, over 1.11 crore people have recuperated. The death toll, on the other hand reached 1,59,97 after 212 people succumbed to the deadly infection, the highest since January 9.