NEW DELHI: India’s Covid-19 death toll surged to the third highest in the world after overtaking Mexico on Friday, even as the pandemic numbers continued to swell in the country with the daily count of fresh cases staying above 76,000 for third day running and fatalities over 1,000 for the fourth straight day.
With 1,015 fatalities reported on Friday, the death toll from the virus rose to 62,635, going past Mexico’s Covid-19 toll of 62,594, as per worldometers.info data at 11pm. Only the US, with 1,85,272 deaths recorded so far, and Brazil (1,18,988) have a higher toll than India. However, India’s mortality rate from the infection, at 1.8%, remains the lowest among these three countries.
However, deaths from the virus are on the rise in India. Friday was the fourth consecutive day when more than 1,000 fatalities were reported. Cases too have been surging at the highest rate in the world.
With 76,464 fresh infections on Friday, India has recorded 2,28,967 new cases in the past three days alone, as per data collated by TOI from state governments. This is the highest number of Covid-19 cases reported in a three-day period by any country. The US had reported 2,16,141 cases on July 16-18, during the peak phase of the pandemic in the country.
India’s total Covid-19 caseload stood at 34,57,720 late on Friday, with 26,42,180 recoveries and 7,52,905 active cases. With the most recent spurt in infections, active cases have risen nearly 45,000 in three days.
On Friday, Andhra Pradesh became the third state in the country to record a total caseload of over four lakh. The state reported over 10,000 fresh cases for the third day running. Six states reported their highest single-day spike in cases on Friday — Odisha (3,682), Kerala (2,543), Gujarat (1,272), Jharkhand (1,365), Puducherry (604) and Tripura (509).
Maharashtra, for the third consecutive day, added over 14,000 new Covid cases and 300-plus deaths, taking the tally to 7,47,995, close to 7.5 lakh. Given the steep increase in cases in August, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray announced that people over 55 years of age with comorbidities would be actively screened to check the virus’s spread.
The state public health department’s Covid update on Friday said 14,361 new cases were reported. With 331 deaths, the toll in Maharashtra rose to 23,775. There are 1,80,718 active Covid cases in the state.
Andhra Pradesh, where the total cases crossed 4 lakh on Friday, had breached the one-lakh case mark on July 27, nearly 135 days after the state reported its first case. But it took only 11 days for the state to add the next one lakh cases to touch the two-lakh milestone. The third one lakh cases also came in 11 days. But the state recorded the latest one lakh cases in just 10 days.


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