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NEW DELHI: India reported more than 19,700 fresh Covid-19 cases on Sunday, the second highest single-day surge so far after Saturday’s count of 20,060. Nearly, 1.1 lakh coronavirus infections have been added to the country’s tally in just the past six days.
With 384 deaths on Sunday, the toll from the virus rose to 16,468. India’s caseload stood at 5,49,106, as per data from state governments, while the number of active cases and those recovered rose to over 2.1 lakh and 3.2 lakh, respectively.
Karnataka became the fourth state after Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Telangana to register more than 1,000 cases in a day. Karnataka reported 1,267 fresh cases, with Bengaluru alone accounting for 783.
Numbers surged in Tamil Nadu as well. The state reported nearly 4,000 fresh cases (3,940), another new high amid rising numbers. In fact, all six southern states and UTs have posted record high single-day number of cases over the past two days.
Maharashtra reported more than 5,000 fresh cases for the third day running. At 5,493, it was the second highest single-day count after Saturday’s tally of 6,368, which included more than 1,000 back-dated cases. The state added 156 deaths to take its overall Covid-19 toll to 7,429. Maharashtra has so far registered 1,64,626 cases, nearly 30% of all cases in the country.
Overall, such as been the rapid rise in the pandemic numbers in the past few days that 1.09 lakh infections were recorded in just six days. With Saturday’s count of 20,060 new cases, India became just the third country in the world, after the US and Brazil, to report a day’s count of over 20,000, discounting the 36,000-odd backdated cases recorded by Chile earlier this month.
Mumbai’s cases dropped to 1,287 after Saturday’s number of over 2,000, but the day’s death toll remained high at 87.
Karnataka and Tamil Nadu were among at least five states that reported their biggest spike in daily cases on Sunday. The others were Andhra Pradesh (813 new cases), Gujarat (624) and Bengal (572). With 17,283 cases so far, Bengal rose to the sixth spot in the country, pushing Rajasthan to the seventh position.
The number of fresh cases crossed 1,000 for the first time in Karnataka. Sixteen deaths due to Covid-19 were reported, four of them from Bengaluru. The state’s Covid-19 toll is 207. Karnataka has reported 13,910 positive cases and Bengaluru 3,314 till date
While there were 2,692 active cases in Bengaluru on Sunday, no official was ready to confirm where the patients had been accommodated. “No patients are at home. Our endeavour is to shift them within 6-8 hours,” Bengaluru’s municipal corporation chief Anil Kumar said.
In Tamil Nadu, the daily count of fresh Covid-19 infections in Tamil Nadu nudged 4,000 on Sunday with the rest of the state accounting for nearly half the cases, a departure from the norm of Chennai logging two-thirds of the cases on most days. A one-and-a-half-year-old baby became the youngest victim in TN, numbering among the 54 dead. The death toll is now 1,079.
Chennai had 1,992 of the 3,940 fresh cases, but except Karur and Krishnagiri all other districts recorded cases, mostly in double digits. Madurai (284) and Kallakurichi (124) had the most cases after Chennai.
In Haryana, Faridabad district now accounts for 25% of the state’s Covid cases while Gurgaon’s share has shrunk over the past week.
Meanwhile, Gujarat hit another high of 624 Covid-19 positive cases in 24 hours ending 5 pm on Sunday, taking the total tally at 31,397. It's the fourth consecutive day when the state recorded a new highest daily tally and third consecutive day of 600-plus cases.
Andhra Pradesh reported 12 deaths and its highest single-day spike of 813 Covid-19 cases on Sunday, taking the cumulative caseload to 13,098. The overall positivity rate stood at 45%.