While this was the fifth consecutive day that over 3,500 cases have been added to the country’s Covid numbers, the rate of infection growth has been steadily declining during this period. However, the infection continues to spiral in several states, led by Maharashtra, which in turn reported a huge increase in cases – 1,602, the highest so far if the 770-odd back-dated cases reported along with others on Sunday are not counted.
The pandemic also showed an increase Madhya Pradesh (314 new cases), Rajasthan (206) as well as many eastern states that witnessed the return of migrant workers. Kerala also reported 26 new cases on Thursday, its biggest increase since late March.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu came over Gujarat as the state with the second highest number of Covid cases. However, the number of infections gradually decreased in both states, with Tamil Nadu reporting for less than 500 cases on Thursday (447) for the first time in many days, and Gujarat registered 324.
The total number coronavirus in the country stood 82,085, as reports by state governments. However, the death toll fell to double digits after two days, with 99 fatalities reported Thursday.
In Delhi, the total Covid number crossed the 8,000 mark to reach 8,470. With nine fresh deaths, the death toll in the state has risen to 115. ”The doubling rate of cases in Delhi is 11-12 days. We would be in a more comfortable position if it is 20 or more, ”Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said.
With the addition of 44 deaths, Maharashtra on Thursday violated the 1,000 mark and registered 1,019 deaths on Covid 19, in just over two months since the first Covid19 case was reported. About 55% of total deaths have occurred in the last 14 days of May alone.
Maharashtra continued to add over 1,000 cases for the ninth day in a row. Thursday saw 1,602 new cases, the second highest one-time jump, bringing the number to 27,524 cases. Of the 14 days so far this month, the addition of cases in just three days has been less than 1,000. In 14 days, a total of 16,883 cases were added, which is 61.33% of the total cases.
Madhya Pradesh’s corona count was shot up again on Thursday with 314 new cases – the second highest of the outbreak. Once again, Indore accounted for the majority of cases – 191 in total, increasing its number to 2,299. Just in itself, Indore would find itself in the top 10 list of the country, in ninth position above Andhra Pradesh (2205).
Jharkhand reported its highest jump in cases at 22, eighty of the 95 people who have tested positive in the state since May 5 are migrants.
In Odisha, another state where returning migrants have significantly raised Covid numbers, 86 new cases were found Thursday to take the total to 624.
IN Punjab, the pandemic occurs due to recurring pilgrims from Nanded seem to wane. The state reported 11 new cases and no deaths Thursday.