Active Covid-19 cases in India went past the 1.5 lakh mark on Monday after a gap of 17 days. Active cases moved up by 4,421 in a span of 24 hours on Monday, witnessing a rise of 3 per cent. It was the sharpest rise since end November. Active cases rose for the fifth consecutive day on Monday. According to the Union Health Ministry, the spike in national numbers comes as five states - Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh - report increased daily numbers. Maharashtra, which has the highest infection tally, reported 5,210 fresh infections on Monday after logging over 6,000 cases for three days in a row. Union Home Minister Amit Shah reviewed the situation in a meeting with Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla and top officials.