NEW DELHI: Some states and UTs such as Maharashtra, Punjab, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand are showing early signs of plateauing or a decrease in daily new cases of Covid-19, offering cautious hope of some respite from a deadly second wave that has held the country in a vice-like grip since March.
Health ministry data show that after crossing 4 lakh cases on April 30, the number of daily new cases dropped marginally to 3,92,488 and 3,68,147 on May 1 and May 2, respectively. The seven-day moving average growth rate in active cases is now 2.9%. On Sunday morning, the active caseload stood at 34,13,642.
While Maharashtra has consistently accounted for the highest caseload, 12 districts in the state have also shown signs of decline in the last 15 days. Besides, Durg, Gariyaband, Raipur and Rajnandgaon in Chhattisgarh; Chhindwara, Guna and Shajapur in Leh in Ladakh; and Nirmal in Telangana are showing a trend of reducing cases, the health ministry data show.
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The government, however, maintained that these were very early signs and continuous containment measures by states were required to sustain the gains. “It is important to have continued efforts of containment at district and state level so that we can preserve these gains and reduce cases further,” said Lav Agarwal, joint secretary in the Union health ministry
Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala are still reporting an increase in daily new cases and require stringent measures to break the transmission chain. Agarwal also cautioned against the significantly large number of fatalities and said there are some causes of concern.
Currently, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu have more than 1 lakh active cases. Seven states have active cases in the range of 50,000 to 1 lakh.