A team deputed by the Centre to understand the surge in Maharashtra had reported on 1st March that among the possible reasons for the growing number of cases in the city were - COVID inappropriate behaviour due to "lack of fear of disease", pandemic fatigue, missed cases, super spreading events and crowds due to recent gram panchayat elections, marriages, re-opening of schools, and crowded public transport.
The Department of Health reported 4,899 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, a day after recording the largest single-day increase in more than six months with 5,000 additional infections.
These include 73,31,498 Health Care Workers who have taken the 1st dose and 42,58,297 HCWs who have taken the 2nd dose, 72,96,474 Front Line Workers (1st dose), 10,53,732 FLWs (2nd dose), 78,66,241 beneficiaries more than 60 years old and 13,86,305 beneficiaries aged 45 and above with specific co-morbidities.
The Health Ministry has informed that the COVID-19 recovery rate in the country today stands at 96.75 per cent.
Health Ministry has informed that in just 13 days of the current phase over 78 lakh senior citizens and almost 13 lakh 86 thousand people above 45 years with co-morbidities have been administered the first shot of the COVID-19 Vaccine.
India's COVID-19 deaths rose by 140 to 158,446, compared to an average of about 100 since early February.
The rise in infections were led by the Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh who accounted for 87.73% of new cases.
For 14 consecutive days, no new community cases have been detected. In the last 24 hours, 25 thousand 320 new cases were reported.
Active cases jumped by more than 8,000 to 2.1 lakh now, to a level that last existed on January 15. It said, in the last 24 hours, 16 thousand 637 people were discharged after recovery.