Soon after when India took a sigh of relief thinking the pandemic has finally come to an end, these five states of the country registered sudden surge in the fresh COVID-19 cases.
Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh witnessed an upsurge in daily cases of the virus, the Centre said on Saturday adding that the surge comes after cases had begun to dip during November and December.
According to reports, only two states, Maharashtra and Kerala, account for 75.87 per cent of total number of active COVID-19 cases while 78 percent of the new deaths were reported only in these five states, the ministry added.
"In the past week, Maharashtra has exhibited a spike in the number of daily new cases, accounting for highest number of daily new cases in the country today. In last 24 hours, 6,112 daily new case has been reported in the state," the Centre said.
In a statement, the ministry said in the last seven days, Chhattisgarh has also seen a rise in daily active new cases. In the last 24 hours, 259 daily new cases have been reported, it said. Kerala continues to report a high number of daily new cases.
The ministry said 18 states/UTs have not reported any COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours. These are Telangana, Haryana, J&K (UT), Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh, Tripura, Assam, Chandigarh, Lakshadweep, Manipur, Meghalaya, Ladakh (UT), Mizoram, Sikkim, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu.