NEW DELHI: India crossed the tragic milestone of 15,000 Covid casualties on Thursday with 402 fresh deaths pushing the cumulative toll to 15,300. While the first death occurred on March 10 and it took 81 days to breach the 5,000-casualty mark, it took just 17 days to breach the 10,000-mark. It took even shorter — just nine days — to cross the 15,000-mark. Of the total, 9,896 have been recorded in June alone.
Just five states account for 82.6% of India’s fatalities — Maharashtra with 6,931 deaths, followed by Delhi (2,429 deaths), Gujarat (1,754), Tamil Nadu (911) and Uttar Pradesh (611).
India also recorded the highest single-day spike for the third straight day with 17,835 testing positive, taking the country’s caseload close to the five-lakh mark at 4,90,964. The surge was led by Maharashtra with 4,841 fresh cases — the highest reported by any state in India so far — as well as TN, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Mumbai death tally crosses 4,000
On the positive side, 2,85,277 patients have recovered from the virus, taking the recovery rate to 58.1%. Maharashtra recorded the highest single-day spike for the second consecutive day, surpassing the previous record of 3,890 cases on Wednesday with 4,841 cases, taking the state’s caseload to 1,47,741. With 1,350 new cases, Mumbai accounted for 28% of Maharashtra’s numbers on Thursday.
However, with 98 fresh deaths, the city accounted for more than half of Maharashtra’s 192 fatalities. Mumbai on Thursday crossed the 4,000-mark with fatalities reaching 4,062. The city’s case fatality rate is much higher at 5.73% against Maharashtra’s figure of 4.69%.
A day after Delhi, Mumbai became the second city in the country to cross the 70,000-mark with a total of 70,878 Covid cases.
Tamil Nadu crossed the 900-mark with 45 fresh deaths, taking the toll to 911, even as the state recorded the highest spike in fresh cases for the second consecutive day, which took the state’s caseload beyond the 70,000-mark to 70,977. Tamil Nadu crossed the 3,000-mark for the first time by adding 3,509 cases. Just a day ago, the state had registered a record 2,865 fresh cases.
Gujarat recorded its second-highest surge in fresh cases with 577 patients testing positive (the highest, 580, was on June 21), taking the caseload near the 30,000-mark to 29,578.
With 15 more deaths, UP crossed the 600-mark, taking the toll to 611. Bengal, too, crossed the 600-mark with 15 fresh deaths. Haryana recorded 10 more deaths, pushing the state’s toll to 198.