NEW DELHI: India reported more than 12,000 new Covid-19 cases for the second straight day with infections continuing to surge in several states. As many as 324 deaths from the virus were reported on Sunday, taking the total toll past 9,500.
India’s coronavirus caseload rose to 3.33 lakh on Sunday, as per data collated from the states, while the number of recovered patients was over 1.69 lakh. There were 12,156 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday, marginally lower than Saturday’s record count of 12,368.
Several states, including Delhi (2,224 fresh cases), Andhra Pradesh (294), Assam (331) and Chhattisgarh (199) reported their highest number of infections in a day. Besides, Maharashtra (3,390), Tamil Nadu (1,974), Gujarat (511), Uttar Pradesh (499), Haryana (459) and Bengal (389) were among states that recorded a high number of cases.
The sparsely population high-altitude Union territory of Ladakh witnessed one of the most dramatic surges of the infection over the weekend. The UT saw 198 new cases on Saturday, followed by 112 on Sunday. With 400 new cases emerging in the weekend, Ladakh’s total has jumped to 549.
Interestingly, while the three worst-hit states of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Delhi continue to contribute a majority of new cases in the country, data over the past three weeks shows that their joint share in total cases countrywide has remained constant. The Big Three’s share during this period has hovered between 57% and 59%. This indicates that in recent weeks cases were growing just as fast in the rest of India put together as in these states.
With 324 fresh cases on Sunday, the daily toll from the virus has remained over 300 for fifth day in a row. Maharashtra again reported the highest fatalities at 120, followed by Delhi (56).
Tamil Nadu’s Covid-19 death toll officially went up by 38 on Sunday, the highest for a single-day so far and the third-highest in the country. While 1,974 fresh cases were reported, Chennai accounted for 1,415. The city’s tally is now 31,896.