COVID-19 Pandemic: Holi banned in these states due to rising coronavirus cases

Ajeyo Basu

LAST UPDATED: March 26, 2021, 11:19 a.m.

New Delhi: The second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in India has caused a massive scare all over the country. The unexpected daily increase in coronavirus cases has once again frightened people. 

The number of active coronavirus patients has now crossed 4 lakhs across the country. The number of active COVID-19 patients increased from 3 lakh to 4 lakh in just 5 days. Earlier in September, there was an increase of one lakh active COVID-19 cases in 6 days.

The country can once again reach the state of one lakh figures per day of infection. During the twenty-four hours on Thursday, 53,000 new cases of corona were reported in the country. This is an increase of seven thousand cases as compared to the day before. This boom has brought the country to the state of September last year when the first wave was at its peak. The rapidly increasing investigative positivity rate has also given experts a worry, which was between three and five percent on the same day last year.

Concern over rapidly increasing COVID-19 positivity rate

The rapidly increasing investigative positivity rate in India has raised concerns. According to the Health Ministry data, the daily COVID-19 positivity rate in the country as on March 24 is 4.6 percent. Earlier on March 21, the rate was around 3.7 percent, while the rate was 1.87 percent just a month ago. In other words, Covid-19 is currently being tested in India, about 4.6% of the samples are confirmed to be infected. The overall COVID-19 positivity rate of the country remains at 4.9 percent since the onset of the epidemic.

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This rate is 23% in Maharashtra

If you look at the state of the daily positive status, you will find that the infection situation is terrible in some states. On 24 March, the daily test positivity rate in Maharashtra stood at 23 percent, while Punjab had 5.6%, Chhattisgarh 4.8%, Kerala 3.4% and Karnataka 2%.

8 percent COVID-19 infection increase in 2 weeks

Over the last two weeks, there has been a 7.7% increase in new COVID-19 cases in the country. On average, 42,162 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the country every day over the past week. Whereas on average 23,137 new coronavirus cases were being registered in the country every day a week before this. That is, about 7.7 percent more new cases were reported every day in the previous week than a week ago.

Coronavirus cases exceeded 40,000 in 10 days

It took only 11 days to reach new cases of COVID-19 infection in the country from 20,000 to 42,000. While it took 21 days to cross the figure in the first wave of coronavirus. At around July 3, almost 20,000 new COVID-19 cases were being reported every day, which reached 42 thousand after July 24.

Testing less than overall capacity

The COVID-19 infection started growing rapidly from February 15, but the government did not show seriousness in taking necessary steps. If you look at the data of ICMR, then during the week starting on February 20, every day in the country only a little more than seven lakh to nine lakh checks have been done. 

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The figure reached one million on the 28th day, there has been some increase in daily tests since then, but it is not continuous. By doing more tests and random tests, patients who have no coronavirus symptoms can be detected and prevented from inadvertently spreading the COVID-19 infection.

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