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With 1340, India records the highest Covid deaths in a day | India News


NEW DELHI: For the first time during the second wave of Covid-19 in the country, daily deaths hit an all-time high on Friday, surpassing 1,300 for the first time since the start of the pandemic. New cases rose to another new peak of almost 2.34 lakh.
Meanwhile, one in four Covid-19 cases detected worldwide on Thursday was in India, as rising numbers in the country were pushing global daily counts toward an all-time high.
845,408 new cases were recorded worldwide on Thursday, just 16 less than the peak of 845,424 reported on Jan. 8, according to worldometers.info. Of these, India accounted for 216,902 cases, about 26% of the total. Brazil, with the world’s second-highest daily case count on Thursday, didn’t even come close to half of India’s count at 80,529.
On Friday, India recorded 2,33,987 new cases, an increase of 8% from the previous day’s count of 2,16,902. Up to 16 states had their highest increase in cases, a single-day record.
The deaths provided a grim picture with daily deaths totaled to a record 1,340, surpassing the previous high of 1,275 reported on September 15 last year, at the peak of the first wave in the country. Like the day before, deaths in four states crossed the 100 mark, and Gujarat’s death toll approached three figures at 94.
Maharashtra reported 398 deaths in the last 24 hours, the highest since October 2 last year when 424 deaths were recorded. Chhattisgarh continued to post the second highest daily toll at 138, followed by Delhi (141) and Uttar Pradesh (103). Deaths were also increasing in Karnataka, which reported 78 deaths, followed by Madhya Pradesh with 60. Jharkhand reported 56 deaths, its highest number from the pandemic in a single day.
Maharashtra also ranked first among the 16 states that recorded their highest daily cases on Friday. It achieved 63,729 new infections, surpassing the previous high of 63,294 recorded on Sunday.
Uttar Pradesh continued to report a massive spike in numbers, as a record 27,426 cases were detected in the state in the past 24 hours. Daily cases have tripled in UP in the past eight days since 8,490 infections were reported on April 8.
Delhi’s numbers rose to nearly 20,000 at 19,486. Other states and UTs that reported their highest single-day counts were Karnataka (14,859 new cases),
Madhya Pradesh (11,045), Gujarat (8,920), Tamil Nadu (8,449), Rajasthan (7,359), Bengal (6,910), Haryana (6,277), Bihar (6,253), Jharkhand (3,843), Telangana (3,840), Uttarakhand (2,402 ), Goa (927) and Chandigarh (481).

Times of India