NEW DELHI: India has recorded more than 1 million
and 25,000 deaths from the virus, crossing the twin milestones on Tuesday amid a massive surge in the pandemic in recent days. The country added more than 36,000 new cases and 684 deaths during the day, both by far the highest in a single day.
India is the third country, after the US and Brazil, to log 1 million Covid-19 cases and the eighth to register over 25,000 deaths. India’s caseload has risen from 8 lakh to 10 lakh (1 million) in just six days, as compared with nine while moving from 6 lakh to 8 lakh and 11 for the previous 2 lakh cases. Likewise, the death toll has risen from 20,000 to 25,000 in just 10 days.
On Tuesday, India recorded 36,139 fresh infections, over 3,600 more than the previous peak of 32,498 reported just a day earlier, as per data collated from state governments. With this, India’s Covid-19 caseload rose to 10,04,806. Active cases rose by nearly 12,000 while around 23,000 patients were declared cured during the day.
Tuesday also saw the highest single-day rise in the Covid-19 death toll, with 684 fatalities reported from across the country. The previous highest toll of 616 (discounting 2,003, mostly back-dated death reported on June 16) was recorded on Wednesday. While Maharashtra as usual led the count with 266 deaths — its second-highest 24-hour toll so far —
saw a huge spike in fatalities, adding 104 to its toll. It became the third state, after Maharashtra and Delhi, to register 100 deaths in a single day.
In what would be another record, at least 11 states reported their highest single-day surge in cases, led by Maharashtra, which recorded a massive 8,641 new infections. The others were Tamil Nadu (4,549), Karnataka (4,169), Andhra Pradesh (2,593), Uttar Pradesh (2,083), Bengal (1,690),
(381 since Wednesday night) and Chhattisgarh (218).
Amid a major spike in the pandemic in the state, Karnataka became the third state to log 4,000 or more cases in a day, nearly 1,000 more than Wednesday’s number. The state also crossed 50,000 cases and 1,000 deaths.
Breaking all previous records, Maharashtra on Thursday added 8,641 new Covid-19 cases, its highest single-day addition since the pandemic broke. The previous highest was 8,139 cases reported on July 11. The state’s case tally on Thursday reached 2,84,281, very close to the 3 lakh mark. The state also reported 266 deaths, the second-highest toll for a day so far, taking the total toll past 11,000.
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