COVID-19: ANDHRA PRADESH, KARNATAKA AND ODISHA EMERGING AS NEW CHALLENGES. AS INDIA’S DAILY CASELOAD INCHES 5K.

The number of COVID-19 cases, so far detected, in India totals 13, 36,861. As many as 1, 43,946 new infection reports came only in the last three days. The spurt, if it goes unchecked, threatens the number to cross 50 lakh by the end of August.

States like Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu have been hugely responsible for the case spurt since the beginning. Maharashtra, with 3.57 lakh caseload, is well ahead of the rest of Indian states. Tamil Nadu has now got nearly 2 lakh cases of infection, at the second spot.  But, the current trend of high case growth is attributed to other new states.

Andhra Pradesh, one of the fast infecting states, added 8147 new cases on Friday. It was second to Maharashtra’s 9615 on that day. For the last three straight days, the South Indian state has been logging cases above 6 thousand daily. It was around 2500-2600 a week before. But, Andhra Pradesh has added 40,000 cases of infection, and doubled its caseload, only in Seven days.

Similarly, Karnatak, another south Indian state, is growing as a concern area due to spurt in infection. It recorded 5007 new cases in the last 24 hours, and 5038 in the 24 hours before that. Daily case addition, in Karnataka, was under 450 before a month, but it is now counting above 5000. Till the beginning of this month, it was managing to contain the spread to a comparatively better extent. But, it is now threateningly entering into the danger zone.

The center has taken cognizance of the spurt of cases in Karnataka. Reviewing the situation in a meeting yesterday, the center advised the states on how to take on the crisis. Besides Karnataka, there were 8 other states in focus.

Odisha, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal are the states emerging as concerns due to the high rise of infections. Assam, Jharkhand, Telengana are the other three, besides Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

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