Daily Covid cases top 18,000, Maharashtra count hits over 10,000

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Daily Covid-19 cases in the country surged past the 18,000 mark on Friday for the first time in 55 days since January 9, even as Maharashtra added more than 10,000 fresh infections, the highest since October 17.
India recorded 18,278 new cases and 109 deaths due to the coronavirus on Friday, as per TOI's data collated from state governments. As the pandemic continues to surge in several states, the seven-day rolling average of daily cases in the country crossed the 16,000 mark to 16,028, rising for the 19th day running.
Maharashtra reported a four-and-a-half-month-high of 10,216 new cases, with Mumbai accounting for 1,173. Fifty three deaths were recorded in the state in the past 24 hours.
While Maharashtra continued to account for a lion's share of national cases and fatalities, numbers were rising in several other states. Apart from Maharashtra and Kerala (2,776 fresh cases), four states added more than 500 new infections to their tallies. These were Punjab (808), Karnataka (677), Tamil Nadu (543) and Gujarat (515).
While Punjab numbers had dipped slightly from Thursday’s count of 1,074, the other three states registered their highest single-day counts since January. Of Karnataka’s 677 cases, the highest since January 23, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 444. Delhi reported 312 cases, a 47-day high in the capital, and three deaths. In MP, 457 new infections were detected. This was the highest single-day tally of cases in the state since January 12. Bengal too posted its highest number of cases, 255, since January 30.

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