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Covid-19 Wrap-up: Southern states continue to add to India's surge in cases

Southern states in the country are apparently the ones that are still in the danger zone
Last Updated : 15 September 2021, 11:44 IST
Last Updated : 15 September 2021, 11:44 IST

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Although the overall Covid-19 situation in India appears to be under control, southern states in the country are apparently the ones that are still in the danger zone.

The southern states resulted in India’s Covid-19 surge in the week that ended on September 12, a trend seen since the first wave of the pandemic, however, the gap is far wider in this wave. Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana, along with Puducherry registered 2.2 lakh new cases in the last week. Of this, over 1.7 lakh new cases came from Kerala alone, which continues to be the worst-impacted in the second wave.

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Published 15 September 2021, 09:21 IST

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