NEW DELHI: Daily Covid-19 cases in India zoomed to another record high on Sunday with more than 94,000 fresh infections, capping the deadliest week yet of the pandemic in the country.
Over 5.8 lakh coronavirus cases were recorded during the week (August 31-September 6), a 13% jump over the previous week (August 24-30), as per data collated from state governments. This was the second straight week of double-digit growth in cases as the August 24-30 week too had seen a 13% rise.
For two weeks in mid-August, the weekly growth in Covid-19 cases in India had slowed to 4%-6%. The subsequent surge in cases to levels not seen in any other country during this pandemic coincides with a sharp rise in testing.
Deaths across the country in the past week crossed the 7,000 mark for the first time, to 7,050 — on an average, the virus claimed over 1,000 lives every day. However, deaths rose by just 1.7% over the previous week, as opposed to nearly 4% growth last week.
Meanwhile, with a total caseload of nearly 42 lakh, In dia became the pandemic’s second worst-hit country after the US. While India had briefly overtaken second-placed Brazil on the previous day, on Sunday, India’s tally was nearly 75,000 higher than Brazil’s, which is currently averaging 30,00040,000 fresh cases every day.
On Sunday, Maharashtra reported an addition of 23,350 fresh cases, taking the national count for the day to 94,107, as perTOI’s data collated from states. Maharashtra was one of 10 states/UTs that reported their highest single-day jump in cases on Sunday.
The other were UP (6,777 new cases), Odisha (3,810), Kerala (3,082), Punjab (1,946), MP (1,694), Gujarat (1,335), Rajasthan (1,593), J&K (1,316) and Himachal Pradesh (397). Sunday’s death toll dropped below 1,000 for the first time in six days to 994. The pool of active cases rose by over 20,000 to nearly 8.9 lakh while recoveries rose to over 32.4lakh. Andhra Pradesh reported 10,794 new Covid-19 cases and 70 deaths on Sunday. Covid-19 tally of the state stood at 4,98,125 and the toll rose to 4,417, even as 11,915 patients were declared cured on Sunday.


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