New high of 5,376 cases a day across the country, Health News, ET HealthWorld


NEW DELHI: India recorded its biggest single day leap in Covid-19 case so far, violating the 5,000 mark for the third time by reporting 5,376 new cases from across the country on Wednesday. In a disturbing trend, four of the largest single-day figures have been reported alone in the last five days, indicating an unusual increase in fresh cases when migrants return to their respective home states, with many of them carrying the virus. In contrast, until last week, on average, the two-day numbers were a three-day high.

However, the death toll at 135 on Wednesday was lower than 146 injured recorded the previous day. The cumulative cases in the country have risen to 1,110,814, while the virus has so far claimed 3,435 lives.

Maharashtra continued to add a larger portion to the national numbers as it breached the 2,000 mark for the fourth day in a row by reporting 2,250 fresh cases, its hitherto highest figure. The state’s total number now is 39,297, very close to the 40,000 mark. Maharashtra also reported 65 deaths, its third highest personal injury in a single day, with the total death toll being 1390.

Mumbai remains the largest contributor as 60% or 1,372 cases were reported from the city. Mumbai has added more than 1,000 cases daily in the last four days. The total cases in Mumbai are at 24,118 and violate the 24,000 mark, accounting for almost 40% of the country’s total.

Mumbai also reported 41 deaths – the joint second highest number of deaths recorded in a single day – to reach the total figure of 841 or 25% of the country’s total toll money. However, civilian officials said the 41 deaths included 15 deaths that occurred between May 13 and 15.

Gujarat reported 398 fresh cases, bringing the figure to 12,539. With 30 fresh deaths, the state toll reached 749. Ahmedabad, which is the hardest hit district in the state, crossed the deep milestones in 9,000 cases and 600 deaths. The district has so far reported a total of 9,216 cases and 602 deaths, of which 221 occurred in the last 10 days alone. At 6.5%, Ahmedabad’s mortality rate is highest among the Indian cities, with more than 5,000 positive cases. Compared to Ahmedabad, Mumbai’s mortality rate on Wednesday night is 3.5%, Delhi’s rate is 1.6% and Chennai is fourth with 0.7%. Ahmedabad made up 26 of the 30 deaths reported on Wednesday.

Delhi crossed the 11,000 mark by registering 534 fresh cases – its highest one-day numbers – and took the count to 11,088. With another 10 deaths, Delhi’s toll has risen to 176.

Madhya Pradesh recorded nine injuries and took the state toll to 268. With 270 fresh cases, the state’s figure stands at 5735.

Rajasthan reported four more deaths, taking the toll to 147 as 170 patients tested positive, taking the figure beyond the 6,000 mark to 6015. Jaipur alone accounts for 50% of the total deaths.

With 249 fresh cases, Uttar Pradesh crossed the 5,000 mark, taking the state up to 5,190. Four more deaths on Wednesday took the state figure to 127.

Bihar reported his 10th Covid death and 155 fresh positive cases, bringing the total number of infected people in the state to 1,674. In the Jharkhand neighborhood, 33 fresh cases – its largest single-day spike – were reported, bringing the state to 281. Worryingly, all of the 33 patients who tested positive on Wednesday are migrants.

Also in Odisha, 82 of the total of 85 patients who tested positive on Wednesday were migrants who had returned from states such as West Bengal, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. In Telangana, another two people with co-morbid conditions died coronavirus as 27 new cases were reported. In the Andhra Pradesh neighborhood, 71 new cases were reported.

In Kerala, the number of positive cases increased to 161, 79 of which were reported alone in the last four days. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan warned that this trend could only be contained if the homes and institutional quarantine of those returning to Kerala were strictly implemented.

Thirteen fresh cases were reported from Assam, which totaled 170. Eleven of the new cases have been reported from quarantine centers in various locations. In Manipur, 11 more people tested positive and took the total to 20.


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