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COVID-19 Surge: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Urges People To Remain Cautious During Holi Festival

According to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the state will be able to check the spread of COVID-19 if the festival of Holi is not celebrated in large gatherings or at public places

COVID-19 Surge: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish KumarUrges People To Remain Cautious During Holi Festival

Patna: Amid surge in coronavirus cases in some states in past few days, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday (March 22) cautioned people of Bihar to remain alert and cautious, and suggested them to avoid congregating in large numbers or celebrating Holi publicly. Mr. Kumar said this while participating via video conferencing at 109th “Bihar Diwas” programme being organised at Gyan Bhawan here in the state capital. “I have already held meeting with DMs and SPs where everything was discussed in detail. It is Holi festival time. The officials need to urge the people with folded hands not to publicly celebrate the festival, Mr. Kumar said.

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We will be able to check the spread of the disease if it (Holi) is not celebrated in large gatherings or at public places, he said in humble appeal to the citizens. It has been witnessed that number of COVID-19 cases has started increasing in several countries and also in other states of the country.

It is our job to make the people aware and alert (of the situation) I will urge the people of the state to remain alert and cautious, Mr. Kumar said.

Stating that eight states have showed an uptick in the daily new COVID-19 cases, Kumar said that look at Maharashtra, the number of cases in that state has increased to the level which was probably not even witnessed in the past when the disease was at its peak.

Notably, Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh have reported a surge in the COVID-19 daily cases and accounted for 80.5 per cent of the total new cases registered, the Union Health Ministry said Monday. Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at30,535 (65.03 per cent).

This is followed by Punjab with 2,644while Kerala reported 1,875 new cases. Observing that though Bihar has low coronavirus caseload and mortality so far, Kumar said the number of COVID-19 cases has started rising in the state too which is evident from the fact that the active cases used to hover below 300 earlier have now gone up to above 500.

As per the health department’s bulletin issued on Monday evening on its social networking, the number of active cases was 522 while 126 new cases were detected whereas 74 persons were recovered in past 24 hours. The states recovery rate was 99.21 per cent, it said adding that 2,61,487 people have recovered from the contagion.

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World

22,70,55,138Cases
18,97,86,461Active
3,25,98,424Recovered
46,70,253Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 22,70,55,138 and 46,70,253 have died; 18,97,86,461 are active cases and 3,25,98,424 have recovered as on September 17, 2021 at 5:36 am.

India

3,33,81,728 34,403Cases
3,39,0563,867Active
3,25,98,424 37,950Recovered
4,44,248 320Deaths
In India, there are 3,33,81,728 confirmed cases including 4,44,248 deaths. The number of active cases is 3,39,056 and 3,25,98,424 have recovered as on September 17, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,11,525 3,595

52,893 310

63,20,310 3,240

1,38,322 45

Kerala

44,46,228 22,182

1,86,754 4,559

42,36,309 26,563

23,165 178

Karnataka

29,65,191 1,108

16,202 282

29,11,434 808

37,555 18

Tamil Nadu

26,40,361 1,693

16,756 120

25,88,334 1,548

35,271 25

Andhra Pradesh

20,34,786 1,367

14,708 105

20,06,034 1,248

14,044 14

Uttar Pradesh

17,09,628 23

193 11

16,86,549 11

22,886 1

West Bengal

15,59,567 707

8,025 25

15,32,922 725

18,620 7

Delhi

14,38,373 28

409 5

14,12,880 22

25,084 1

Odisha

10,18,298 580

5,335 105

10,04,845 681

8,118 4

Chhattisgarh

10,04,988 31

352 2

9,91,077 29

13,559

Rajasthan

9,54,230 4

103 1

9,45,173 5

8,954

Gujarat

8,25,677 22

149 0

8,15,446 22

10,082

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,374 7

119 5

7,81,738 12

10,517

Haryana

7,70,697 9

327 8

7,60,562 17

9,808

Bihar

7,25,864 12

72 6

7,16,134 6

9,658

Telangana

6,62,785 259

5,282 43

6,53,603 301

3,900 1

Punjab

6,01,180 30

314 11

5,84,399 38

16,467 3

Assam

5,97,074 468

5,381 15

5,85,914 479

5,779 4

Jharkhand

3,48,102 6

102 8

3,42,867 14

5,133

Uttarakhand

3,43,330 20

284 12

3,35,657 32

7,389

Jammu And Kashmir

3,27,466 170

1,421 72

3,21,630 98

4,415

Himachal Pradesh

2,16,430 127

1,568 82

2,11,215 206

3,647 3

Goa

1,75,183 95

699 1

1,71,195 96

3,289

Puducherry

1,25,170 107

963 63

1,22,380 42

1,827 2

Manipur

1,17,913 216

2,614 7

1,13,478 219

1,821 4

Tripura

83,787 31

427 26

82,553 56

807 1

Meghalaya

78,958 229

1,804 140

75,784 86

1,370 3

Mizoram

76,591 1,121

13,888 85

62,449 1,202

254 4

Chandigarh

65,168 4

31 2

64,319 2

818

Arunachal Pradesh

53,990 47

536 9

53,183 56

271

Sikkim

30,802 64

775 28

29,648 36

379

Nagaland

30,763 32

505 14

29,610 44

648 2

Ladakh

20,631 6

41 1

20,383 5

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,670

5 0

10,661

4

Lakshadweep

10,353

4 0

10,298

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,595 3

15 2

7,451 1

129

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