New Delhi, Feb. 24 -- The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) convened a high-level meeting on Tuesday and the Union health ministry announced it has dispatched teams to states where Covid-19 cases are rising, as alarm grows over what looks like the beginning of India's second wave of infections - a development that now underscores more than ever the need to drastically scale up the vaccination process.

Data shows that the seven-day average of new cases across India dropped to its lowest on February 11, when it touched 10,988, but it has shown a sustained increase since then to reach 12,971 on Monday - a rise of 18%. This increase is fuelled in particular by Maharashtra, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh, where cases have grown 127%, 55% and 54% respect...