Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday reviewed the COVID-19 situation in the country amid an upward trajectory in cases in a few states. The review meeting was attended by Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla and top officials of the two ministries.
Shah took stock of the coronavirus situation in the country, particularly states which have witnessed a spike in cases recently.
Officials said the ongoing vaccination drive and the steps needed to check further spread of the virus were also discussed in the meeting.
The meeting also focused on the possible assistance to be offered to the affected states. Recently, states including Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, and Madhya Pradesh saw a sudden spike in COVID-19 cases.
Maharashtra on Sunday reported 6,971 new coronavirus cases, which pushed the state's infection tally to over 21 lakh. This was for the third consecutive day that the number of cases has gone past the 6,000-mark. The state had recorded over 6,000 cases after a gap of three months on Friday.
With the new cases on Sunday, the overall case count reached 21,00,884, while 35 fatalities during the day took the death toll in the state to 51,788. Mumbai reported 921 cases and six deaths on Sunday. The number of positive cases in the metropolis has now reached 3,19,128, while the death toll has mounted to 11,446.
On Monday, Maharashtra reported 5,210 fresh COVID-19 infections, taking the total tally to The Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) reported 1,364 cases, while the Akola circle in the Vidarbha region, which has witnessed an upsurge in cases of late, recorded 1,154 new infections on Monday. With 18 new deaths reported on Monday, the state's fatality count rose to 51,806, the government said.21,06,094.
Meanwhile, Kerala on Monday logged 2,212 new COVID-19 cases, including two who returned from the U.K and 16 deaths, taking the total caseload to 10,37,218 and the toll to 4,105.