Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra, the state worst hit by the pandemic, crossed 1 million (AFP)NEW DELHI: Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra, the state worst hit by the pandemic, crossed 1 million on Friday even as daily cases across the country inched closer to the 1-lakh mark and deaths from the virus surged to a new high.
Maharashtra recorded nearly 25,000 new infections (24,886) on Friday, accounting for more than a fourth of the national count of 97,937 fresh cases, according to TOI’s data collated from state governments. Both the counts were the highest recorded in a single day so far.
Meanwhile, the daily Covid-19 death toll in the country crossed 1,200 for the first time, surging to 1,249 on Friday. The daily toll was above 1,000 for the fifth day running amid an uptick in fatalities in several states, again led by Maharashtra, which reported 442 deaths (including 49 older deaths) on Friday.
India’s previous highest case count in a day was 97,399 recorded on Wednesday, as per TOI’s data. For the third straight day, the tally has hovered close to the 1 lakh mark. Outside of India, the highest single-day count of cases is 78,427 recorded in the US on July 25, as per ourworldindata.org.
Apart from Maharashtra, six other states reported their highest spike in infections on Friday — Uttar Pradesh (7,103 new cases), Odisha (3,996), Punjab (2,526), Madhya Pradesh (2,240), Rajasthan (1,660) and Gujarat (1,344). But unlike in Maharashtra, where the count was 1,000 more than than its previous record high of 23,816 (on Wednesday), the other states recorded just incremental increases.
With more than 1 million cases, Maharashtra accounts for nearly 22% of India’s total Covid-19 caseload of 46,53,193. In terms of daily cases, the state, with Friday’s record single-day high of 24,886 cases, accounts for every 8th new Covid patient in the world (the global daily average is 2 lakh cases).
Maharashtra is also inching close to Russia, which, with 10.5 lakh cases, is the fourth worst-hit country in the world. The total number of cases in the state is now 10,15,681, said the state government update.
Andhra Pradesh reported 9,999 Covid-19 cases on Friday and 77 deaths as authorities tested more than 71,000 samples across the state in the last 24 hours.
While the cumulative caseload in Andhra Pradesh rose to 5,47,686, and the toll jumped to 4,779, authorities said they analysed 71,137 samples on Friday, raising the overall testing record to 44.5 lakh samples so far. The daily Covid-19 case positivity rate now hovers around 14-15%, against 17-18% about a week ago. The overall case positivity rate is 12.3% against the national average of 8.43%.
Yet another record single-day surge of 3,996 new infections pushed Odisha’s Covid-19 caseload to 1,08,001 on Friday even as two more ministers in chief minister Naveen Patnaik’s council tested positive for the virus. Fourteen more died of Covid-19, increasing the death toll in the state to 605. The state also witnessed the highest one-day recovery of 4,061 patients on the day.
Food supplies and consumer welfare minister Ranendra Pratap Swain and women and child development minister Tukuni Sahu were among those who tested positive, raising the number of ministers in Odisha to have been infected by the virus so far to six.
Bihar’s Covid tally jumped to 1,55,445 on Friday with 1,710 more people testing positive. The health department confirmed 12 more Covid deaths in the last 24 hours. With this, Covid toll in the state has increased to 797. However, with 1,39,458 recoveries, active cases stand at 15,188 in the state.