Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Karnataka
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Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, and Karnataka continue to report a surge in fresh Covid-19 cases and they account for 85.95 percent of the cases reported in a span of 24 hours, the Union health ministry said on March 3. The ministry said that 14,989 new cases were registered in a span of 24 hours.

Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 7,863. It is followed by Kerala with 2,938, while Punjab reported 729 new cases. The Centre is continuously engaging with the states and union territories reporting a higher caseload of active cases and those reporting a spike in the daily new Covid-19 cases, the ministry underlined.

States and UTs have been advised to maintain a continued rigorous vigil for containing the spread of Covid-19 so that the gains of collective efforts are not squandered away, the ministry said. The need for effective testing, comprehensive tracking, prompt isolation of positive cases, and quick quarantine of close contacts are strongly emphasized.

The central government has also rushed high-level teams to Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, and Jammu and Kashmir to support them in their fight against the recent spike in Covid-19 cases. The three-member teams are headed by joint secretary-level officers in the Health Ministry.

They will ascertain the reasons for the surge and coordinate with the state health departments in Covid-19 control and containment measures. India's total active caseload has reached 1,70,126 on March 3. India's present active caseload now stands at 1.53 percent of the total positive cases.

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