New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: With the country recording the highest single-day spike of over 24,000 coronavirus cases on Monday, India has surpassed Russia to become the third worst-hit by the dreadful infection. 

According to data provided by the Union Health Ministry, the novel coronavirus has affected over 6,97,413 people while the death toll has reached 19,693. In Russia, the deadly virus has infected over 6.81 lakh people, as per America's Johns Hopkins University. 

Now, India is just behind Brazil and Russia which have reported 15,78,376 and 29,54,999 coronavirus cases respectively.

There has been an alarming surge in coronavirus cases in India, especially in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal, after the country entered “Unlock 2.0” or the second phase of the phase-wise upliftment of COVID-19-induced lockdown.

According to the data available at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Maharashtra remains the worst-hit state with over 2 lakh coronavirus cases and more than 8,600 deaths. Tamil Nadu, meanwhile, is the second state in India with over 1 lakh coronavirus cases. 

Delhi has also witnessed a surge in coronavirus cases in the past one month. According to the Union Health Ministry, the highly contagious coronavirus has affected more than 97,000 people claimed over 3,000 in the national capital so far.

Amid the alarming situation in the city-state, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh along with Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday visited a newly-created temporary hospital with 1,000 beds, including 250 in the ICU, for COVID-19 patients.

The facility has been constructed in just 12 days near the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport on a piece of land belonging to the Ministry of Defence.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi – in his last address to the nation – also spoke about the coronavirus crisis and appealed people to be extra cautious. The Prime Minister asserted that negligence in personal and social behaviour has been increasing ever since India entered “Unlock 1.0”.

He, however, said that India is still in a ‘very stable situation’, in the battle against COVID-19, asserting that “timely decisions and measures have played a great role”.

“During the lockdown, rules were strictly abided by. Now, governments, local administration and citizens again have to show similar caution. We need to have a special focus on containment zones. If you see someone flouting norms, tell them to not do so,” PM Modi had said.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma