Joint Secretary of the Union Health Ministry Lav Agarwal said there has been a surge in the number of Covid-19 cases globally, adding that 25.2 lakh cases of infection were recorded all over the world on January 4, “the highest ever since the onset of the pandemic”, PTI reported.
“India has reported an increase of more than 6.3 times in the number of cases in the last eight days and a sharp increase in the case positivity rate from 0.79 per cent on December 29 to 5.03 per cent on January 5,” he said.
Agarwal said six states- Maharashtra, West Bengal, Kerala, Delhi, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu– have over 10,000 active Covid cases each.
He further stated that Maharashtra, West Bengal, Delhi, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Jharkhand and Gujarat are emerging as the states of concern.
In Maharashtra, covid-19 cases have been increased by four times and Delhi has witnessed 9 times rise in Coronavirus cases, the central government stated.