Coronavirus cases: India overtakes Spain, 5th highest in world

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NEW DELHI: India’s total Covid-19 caseload went past Spain’s on Saturday to become the fifth largest in the world, on a day when fresh infections in the country crossed 10,000 for the first time. As many as 297 deaths were reported, the highest single-day toll from the virus so far.
India’s tally of coronavirus cases stood at 2,46,549 late on Saturday night, having overtaken Spain’s count of 2.41,310 during the course of the day. Now, only the US (19,06,060 cases), Brazil (6,14,941), Russia (4,58,102) and the UK (2,86,294) have recorded higher number of cases.
As cases continue to surge — 10,434 fresh infections were recorded on Saturday — India can take solace from the fact that the death toll is far lower than Brazil, Spain and the UK at the same stage of cases. Only Russia and the US had a lower toll at the same case stage (around 2.4 lakh) among the six worst-hit countries.
India’s daily count of Covid-19 cases crossed the five-digit on Saturday, going past the previous highest of 9,651 recorded on Thursday. Even the death toll was higher by two cases than the previous peak of 295, recorded just a day earlier, as per data collated from state governments. With this, India has reported 6,939 deaths from the virus, translating to a case fatality rate of 2.8%.
While Maharashtra yet again reported by far the highest number of cases at 2,739, at least nine states recorded their biggest single-day surges till date. These were Tamil Nadu (1,458 new cases), Bengal (435), Haryana (355), Assam (244, going by the difference in total cases in 24 hours), Jharkhand (106), Andhra Pradesh (210), Telangana (206), Odisha (173) and Goa (71).
New infections also continued to remain high particularly in Delhi, which reported 1,320 cases, Gujarat (498), Karnataka (378), Uttar Pradesh (382), Bihar (233), Rajasthan (253), Madhya Pradesh (232) and Kerala (108).
Maharashtra recorded 120 Covid-19 deaths on Saturday, its second highest toll in a day so far. The highest deaths reported so far in a day were 139, on Friday. Of the 120 deaths, 58 were in Mumbai, the city’s highest fatalities for a day; its toll so far is 1,577.
The day’s death toll was high in Delhi, where 53 fatalities were reported by the state government, Gujarat (29), Tamil Nadu (19), Bengal (17), Madhya Pradesh (15), Rajasthan (13), UP (11) and Telangana (10).
Maharashtra’s overall toll is now 2,969, inching close to the 3,000 mark. The state update said that of the total deaths reported on Saturday, 30 were from the last two days, while the other 90 were from May 3 to June 3. Since Monday, the state has reported 683 deaths. Of the 120 deaths, 90 were from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.
Mumbai recorded 1,274 fresh cases, taking the city’s tally to 47,354 cases, with the case fatality rate at 3.33%. The Mumbai corporation’s daily Covid update too spoke of 57 deaths.
Gujarat recorded 498 Covid-19 positive cases in 24 hours ending 5 pm on Saturday, taking the tally to 19,617. The cases included 289 from Ahmedabad, 92 from Surat, 34 from Vadodara and 20 from Gandhinagar. The state recorded the death of 29 Covid-19 positive patients in 24 hours, taking the toll to 1,219. Ahmedabad continued to record a high number of 26 deaths.
Gujarat has recorded a steady fall in daily testing since June 3, when 6,288 tests took place. In three subsequent days, the daily figures are 6,023, 5,990 and 5,695.
Haryana on Saturday recorded 355 new Covid-19 cases, its biggest single-day jump in the number of new coronavirus patients so far, as the tally of infections inched close to the 4,000-mark.
A majority of the fresh cases are from the worst-hit districts of Gurgaon, Sonipat and Faridabad, which reported 129, 89 and 39 infections, respectively.
UP’s coronavirus tally crossed the 10,000-mark with 382 new cases. It took about 18 days for Covid cases to double from 5,000, which is almost the same time taken for cases to double from 2,500 to 5,000.

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