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India’s Covid count in August is the highest in the world so far | India News

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NEW DELHI: India is shaping up to be the world’s largest Covid-19 hotspot in August. So far, the country has registered the most new cases this month, slightly more than the US and substantially more than the infections reported in Brazil. India has the third highest death toll from the virus in the first six days of August.
The pandemic continued to rise on Friday, with new infections in the country surpassing 60,000 for the second day in a row and deaths skyrocketing to 926, the highest figure in a single day so far, according to data collected from state governments.
India reported 3,28,903 new coronavirus cases in the first six days of August. The corresponding figure in the United States was 3,26,111 and in Brazil 2,51,264, according to worldometers.info.
India’s daily cases have been the highest in the world on four of the six days this month: August 2, 3, 5 and 6. India’s case count surpassed the 2 million (20 lakh) mark on Thursday, with the fastest rise in cases from 1 million to 2 million among the three countries that have reached the grim milestone so far. India’s infection growth rate of 3.1% was also higher than that of the US and Brazil at the 2 million stage.
However, when it comes to deaths, Brazil and the US have recorded more than 6,000 deaths so far in August, while India’s tally is 5,075.
On Friday, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh continued to record more than 10,000 new infections. At least five states reported their largest increase in cases in a single day: Bihar (3,646 new cases), Telangana (2,207), Odisha (1,833), Punjab (1,063) and Manipur (249).
For the third day in a row, Maharashtra added more than 10,000 cases and reported more than 300 deaths from Covid-19 on Friday. The state added 10,483 new Covid-19 cases and reported 300 deaths, bringing the total cases to 4,90,262, very close to the 5 lakh mark, while the total deaths was 17,092, surpassing the 17,000 mark. Mumbai ‘s share of the state’s daily addition was 8.2% on Friday, as for the second day in a row the city reported fewer than 1,000 cases in 862. Friday’s addition is the lowest in the past 10 days, underscoring the city’s “stable” Covid curve.
Andhra Pradesh on Friday reported the highest number in a single day of 89 deaths and 10,171 new cases of Covid-19, also becoming the third state in the country to exceed the number of cases of two lakh. The state’s cumulative count stood at 2,06,960 cases behind Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, the two states having recorded the two lakh mark of coronavirus cases a long time ago. The death toll in the state also rose to 1,842.
Andhra Pradesh broke the one lakh mark on July 27, nearly 135 days after the state reported its first case on March 12. But it took the state just 11 days to add the next one lakh of cases.
The number of new Covid-19 cases in Chennai fell below 1,000 for the first time in 52 days on Friday, while Tamil Nadu recorded its highest number with 119 deaths. Chennai had 984 of the 5,880 new cases in the state, bringing the case count to 2.85,024. The accumulated death toll was 4,690. Active cases stood at 52,759.
Clock Covid-19: India’s highest August count in the world so far

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