NEW DELHI: India added a record 80,092
on Sunday, becoming the first country in the world to cross the 80,000-mark in one single day since the outbreak of the pandemic, even as the week ending August 30 turned out to be the worst of the month. The growth rate in both fresh cases and fatalities not only increased after a dip, but more than doubled compared to the preceding week.
The 80,000-plus peak comes on a Sunday, when the number of fresh infections have been lower than other days of the week because of a lull in testing during the weekends. The highest tally on a Sunday was last recorded on August 9 with 63,851 fresh cases.
However, more alarming than the new peak in fresh infections is the growth rate of both new infections and the toll shooting up in the last week of August after a fall seen in the earlier weeks of the month. With more than 76,000 fresh cases being registered daily for five consecutive days, the growth rate this week at 13.1% was almost three times the 4.7% growth registered the previous week. This was 5.9% in the preceding week and 10.9% in the first week of the month (August 3-9).
Similarly, with 1,000-plus fresh deaths recorded for four consecutive days, the growth rate in fatalities this week, at 3.9%, was more than double of 1.7% recorded in the previous week.
Sunday’s peak of fresh cases came on the back of Maharashtra recording its second-highest surge with 16,408 infections — more than 16,000 cases for the second consecutive day — as well as five other states/UTs registering their highest peaks: UP (which crossed the 6,000-mark for the first time with 6,233 new cases), Rajasthan (1,450 fresh cases),
With 970 fresh deaths on Sunday, India’s