New Delhi: Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Karnataka continue to report a surge in daily Covid-19 cases and cumulatively they account for 85.51 per cent of the new cases reported in the past 24 hours. Recorded daily new cases of Covid-19 in India went above 17,000 after over a month.
On Thursday, 17,407 new infections were reported in a day with 89 fatalities. The Covid-19 active caseload has increased to 1,73,413, which comprises 1.55 per cent of the total infections, as per Union health ministry data.
At the same time, the total number of cases with UK, South Africa and Brazil variants of Covid-19 virus in India has now reached 242.
Maharashtra has reported the highest new cases at 9,855. This is the highest number recorded in Maharashtra since October 18 when 10,259 new cases were reported. It is followed by Kerala with 2,765 while Punjab reported 772 new cases.
On the other hand, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar and Assam have shown a reduction in the active cases in the last 24 hours. Twenty-Three states/UTs have not reported any Covid-19 deaths in the last 24 hours.
Meanwhile, a study by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has identified multiple mutations and unique proteins in isolates of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.
The recent study, published in the 'Journal of Proteome Research', has also shown that the host produces several proteins of their own as their body launches an immunological defence in response to the viral attack.