NEW DELHI: Led by a massive jump of more than 18,000 cases in Maharashtra, India’s Covid-19 daily tally touched another new high on Thursday, with fresh infections topping 83,000 for the second consecutive day. The day’s reported deaths from the virus too rose to 1,088, the second highest single-day toll so far.
With 83,065 new cases reported on Thursday, slightly higher than Wednesday’s count of 83,029, India’s coronavirus caseload went past 39 lakh to 39,28,110, as per TOI data collated from state governments.
The day’s death toll of 1,088 was the second highest after 1,099 fatalities reported on August 18. With this, the pandemic has so far claimed 68,501 lives in the country.
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Meanwhile, overall recoveries from the infection crossed the 30 lakh milestone, with 30,28,172 people having been declared cured till Thursday night. This accounts for 77% of all cases.
However, active cases continue to rise sharply in conjunction with the huge spurt in fresh infections. The pool of active cases stood at over 8.3 lakh, having risen by more than 14,000 on Thursday.
As many as 10 states/UTs recorded their highest spike in infections on Thursday, led by Maharashtra where the jump was 18,105. The other states/UTs were Odisha (3,631), Haryana (1,881), Madhya Pradesh (1,672), Rajasthan (1,553), Gujarat (1,325), J&K (1,079), Uttarakhand (946), Goa (713) and Tripura (590).
Fresh cases in Maharashtra crossed 18,000 just a day after the state had added over 17,000 cases for the first time. Let alone other states, only three countries across the world currently have a higher count of daily cases than Maharashtra. The first is India, and the other two, US and Brazil.
Cases are spiking in Delhi as well. The national capital recorded 2,737 fresh cases, its highest count in 66 days.