India on Monday reported a spike of 46,951 fresh coronavirus cases, which is once again the highest daily rise of 2021. A day earlier, the country recorded over 43,000 coronavirus cases.

India has been recording over 40,000 coronavirus cases every day for the past four days, raising concerns of a second Covid-19 wave across several states.

Meanwhile, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said on Monday that a total of 23,44,45,774 samples have been tested so far for Covid-19. Of these, 8,80,655 samples were tested on Sunday.

Apart from the 46,000 cases, the country has also reported 21,180 recoveries and 212 deaths in the last 24 hours, said the Union Health Ministry on Monday.

Maharashtra and Delhi are among the eight states that are witnessing a sharp rise in coronavirus cases over the past week. On Sunday, Maharashtra reported a spike of 30,535 new cases.

Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh account for 77.7% of the new coronavirus cases that were reported till Sunday.

Delhi State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) will be holding a meeting on Monday over the rise in Covid-19 cases in the national capital. Lieutenant Governor, Chief Minister, Health Minister, Chief Secretary and other senior officials will be attending the meeting.

As the rising number of cases raise concerns, authorities have sounded the alarm. AIIMS director Randeep Guleria said the “main reason” behind the latest spike is that people have been behaving in such a way that the pandemic is over and they are not following Covid appropriate behaviour.

NITI Aayog member (Health) V K Paul said the chain of transmission has to be stopped and for that vaccine is one tool but another is containment and surveillance strategy.