Although it took five days to cover the distance from the 30,000 mark to the 40,000 mark, the next 10,000 cases in the country were added in just three days. It was on May 3 that India had topped 40,000 cases while the 30,000 mark was broken on April 28.
At 93, however, the death toll on Wednesday was less than half of the 199 injuries recorded across the country the day before. Maharashtra registered 1,233 fresh cases and took the total amount to 16,758. The state reported 34 deaths, with the toll being 651. Maharashtra alone accounts for 36.6% of the total 1777 losses in India so far.
Delhi recorded the maximum number of cases in one day – at 428 – bringing the total number of Covid-19 patients to 5,532. With yet another death, the toll in the national capital is now 65.
Gujarat reported 28 more deaths, 25 of these from Ahmedabad alone, with the total state toll being 396. With 380 fresh cases, the state’s Covid number is 6,625. As the situation remained bleak in Ahmedabad, the administration banned the sale of groceries, vegetables and fruits – which were allowed in lockdown 1 and 2 – from Thursday to May 15. Only the sale of milk and medicine will be allowed.
Municipal Commissioner Mukesh Kumar said in a review: “Super spreaders like those working in stores such as vegetables, fruit, grocery, convenience store, supermarkets, ice cream parlors and people engaged in home delivery of these items as well as app-based food delivery services become a potent source of infection for many. “
Bengal, which accounted for 79 deaths on Tuesday, reported just four deaths on Wednesday, taking the state toll to 144. Madhya Pradesh reported nine deaths, Rajasthan and UP four each, Andhra Pradesh three, Tamil Nadu and Punjab two each and Haryana, Delhi and Odisha each.
Tamil Nadu saw yet another big increase in infections, with 771 people testing positive, 324 of them in Chennai and 188 in Ariyalur, with the Koyambedu cluster spreading to almost two dozen districts. Senior officials claimed that the big increase was due to focused testing of “probable” cases by the cluster in Koyambedu, which has a large vegetable market.
Haryana’s number of Covid-19 reached 595 with 46 new cases, including 36 from NCR districts. Gurugram topped the list with 20 new cases followed by Jhajjar, Panipat, Sonipat and Faridabad with 6, 5, 3 and 2 cases respectively.
Rajasthan recorded four deaths on Wednesday much lower than the record of 12 deaths a day ago. However, the number of fresh cases increased on Wednesday by 159 compared to 97 the previous day. The total number of cases in the state is 3317 while the toll is 93. Among the news cases are 30 BSF Jawans from Jodhpur who were deployed in the Jama Masjid area of Delhi in the second half of March, when Tablighi Jamaat controversy erupted.
In Tripura, 22 more BSF jaws tested positive, which took the state to 64. Of these, 62 are BSF staff and their family members.
The UP registered 118 news cases and took the state up to 2,998. With four more deaths, the state’s toll is 60. For the second day in a row, UP reported a greater number of people being discharged than the new cases. As many as 143 patients were sent home after recovery in the last day.
In Andhra Pradesh, another three people died and 60 others tested positive.
Odisha reported on her second accident in which a 77-year-old man died in Bhubaneswar, even as nine more patients tested positive, taking the state total to 185.
In positive news from Kerala, no new cases were reported by the state, which takes care of receiving emigrants on Thursday. There are only 30 active cases left in Kerala of the total 502 reported till date.