India saw nearly 87,000 COVID-19 cases this week   

India reported close to 87,000 cases COVID-19 in the last seven days, with the highest addition on Sunday when the country saw 14,264 fresh infections within a span of 24 hours

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India reported close to 87,000 cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the last seven days, with the highest addition on Sunday when the country saw 14,264 fresh infections within a span of 24 hours.

According to the health ministry, more than 74% of the total active caseload of the country are being reported from Kerala and Maharashtra. In addition to these two states, a spike in the daily coronavirus cases has also been reported in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.

Maharashtra chief minister moved swiftly to enforce a lockdown in some parts of the state after a spike in the number of daily new cases. The state accounts for the highest number of daily new cases in the country. On Saturday, it reported 6,112 daily new cases.

This rise has coincided with the detection of the two mutations of the Sars-CoV-2 virus in India. Scientists fear this can make vaccines less effective and trigger re-infections. India now has all three coronavirus variants that have caused a massive resurgence of cases globally — B.1.1.7, first discovered in the United Kingdom; B.1.351, dominant in South Africa; and P.1, from Brazil.

The Centre has asked state governments to work on improving overall testing by focusing on increasing the proportion of RT-PCR tests.

Earlier this week, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi accused the Centre of being "grossly" negligent and overconfident about the handling of the coronavirus situation, saying the pandemic was not over yet.

"GOI is being grossly negligent and over confident about Covid-19. It's not over yet," Gandhi tweeted.

The country’s total tally for COVI-19 infections stands at over 1.09 crore along with 1.56 lakh fatalities. The death toll increased to 156,302 with 90 daily new fatalities were reported on Saturday, Feb 20.

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