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COVID-19 UPDATE: West Bengal, Maharashtra, and Kerala inching towards a third peak

Ipshita Bagchi

Despite the decline that India has achieved in the COVID-19 trend, West Bengal, Delhi, Kerala, Karnataka and Maharashtra seem to report a surge of cases again.

V K Paul on the current situation

V K Paul, member of NITI Aayog and Chief of the National Task Force for COVID-19 said, "There are five states and 3-4 Union Territories (UTs), where there is still a rising trend."

Paul said that Kerala, West Bengal and Delhi are proceeding towards a third peak.

As of 27th October, Delhi reported 4,853 novel  cases, taking the total tally of the state to 3.64 lakh. This is the highest single-day spike observed till date. 

Referring to the rising cases in these states, V K Paul said that their situation should be a lesson to all to not take the success of declining cases for granted. 

"It shows that we are getting complacent and putting down our farfetched efforts to contain the spread of this deadly disease," Paul said

"One must remain vigilant as respiratory viruses tend to thrive more in cold weather," he added.

West Bengal, Maharashtra, and Kerala inching towards a third peek

Rajesh Bhushan on rising cases in West Bengal, Maharashtra and Kerala

Rajesh Bhushan, secretary in the Health Ministry, stated that West Bengal, Maharashtra and Delhi have reported a rise during the festive season.

Bhushan added, "We must behave according to the COVID-19 norms this festive season."

Further warning the people Bhushan stated, "Wherever we have faltered in the last few days, it will show in 10 to 12 days."

Talking numbers he said, "49.4% of new cases in the last 24 hours were reported from the above mentioned 5 States and UT."

However, V K Paul and Rajesh Bhushan acknowledged the decline in the cases that India has achieved.

"We are very fortunate that our trend is in the opposite direction. This decline is particularly noteworthy because in other countries of the northern hemisphere there is a severe increase in the intensity of pandemic," said Paul.

India's current COVID-19 tally

India's COVID-19 tally stands at almost 8 million as of 27th October.

After recording less than 500 deaths for 2 consecutive days, India reported 508 deaths in the last 24 hours. 

The COVID-19 recovery rate of India improves to 90.85% as on 28th October.

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