Covid-19 in India: Fresh Cases at 2.94 Lakh, Second Highest Ever Recorded Globally | India News
At 2,94,291, Tuesday’s national case count was nearly three times higher than the peak of 98,795 daily infections recorded during the first wave on Sept. 17. In only one case has any country reported a higher case count in a day: 3,07,570 registered in the US on January 8 this year, according to worldometers.info.
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Positivity rates remained very high at 19% nationwide on Tuesday, indicating that the daily count could surpass 3 lakh soon. While Delhi’s positivity rate was over 32%, it was over 25% in states like Bengal and over 20% in Maharashtra and Jharkhand.
Deaths have also risen sharply. On Tuesday, the figure rose to a record 2,021, as Maharashtra reported 519 deaths, Delhi 277, Chhattisgarh 191, Uttar Pradesh 162, Karnataka 149 and Gujarat 121. This was the first time that the number in six states exceeded 100 .
Meanwhile, with a third of the month to go, April has already seen nearly 34 lakh (3.4 million) Covid cases in India, the highest of any full month. More than half of these cases, 17.4 lakh, have occurred in the past seven days alone. In this period, India accounted for 30% of all global cases and had the highest seven-day growth rate (62%) for any major country in the world affected by Covid.
On Tuesday, at least 15 states and Union territories reported their largest single-day increase in cases. Leading these states was Delhi, with 28,395 new infections, followed by Karnataka (21,794 new cases), Kerala (19577), Gujarat (12,206), Rajasthan (12,201), Tamil Nadu (10,986), Bihar (10,455), Bengal (9,819), Haryana (7,811), Telangana (5,926), Jharkhand (4,969), Odisha (4,761), Uttarakhand (3,012), J&K (2,030) and Goa (1,160).
Other major states approached their highest single-day records. Maharashtra reported 62,097 new cases, with Mumbai counting at 7,192. Deaths in Maharashtra, at 519, was the highest number reported in one day, 515 on September 15.
Cases continued to rise in Uttar Pradesh, where 29,754 new infections were recorded, close to Sunday’s record of 30,596. Chhattisgarh reported 15,625 cases, the second highest daily count in the state after 16,083 reported on Saturday.