As many as 673 deaths were reported on Sunday, taking the week’s toll to 4,285 — 16% of all Covid-19-related fatalities so far. The week also saw the sharpest rise in active cases, with more than 88,000 being added, taking the active caseload to 3.9 lakh. Recoveries rose by 1.45 lakh but the sharp rise in cases led to a slight dip in the recovery rate, which was close to 62.5%.
India’s total Covid-19 caseload crossed the 11 lakh mark, three days after going past 10 lakh, as per data collated from state governments. Fresh cases on Sunday totalled 40,363, a sharp rise from the previous peak of 38,141, recorded just a day earlier.
The week’s cumulative count of cases, at 2.38 lakh, was 31% higher than the previous week’s total of 1.81 lakh.
Ten states reported their highest single-day jump in infections, led by Maharashtra, which registered as many as 9,518 cases on Sunday, nearly 900 more than its previous peak of 8,641 on July 16. However, the highest jump in cases was reported from Andhra Pradesh, where 5,041 infections were detected, up from 3,963 reported on Saturday. Andhra Pradesh became the only state, apart from Maharashtra, to record 5,000 or more cases in a day.
The other states that recorded their highest single-day surge in the infection were Tamil Nadu (4,979 new cases), Bengal (2,278), Uttar Pradesh (2,250), Gujarat (965), Rajasthan (934), Madhya Pradesh (837), Kerala (821) and Uttarakhand (239).
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The day’s death toll, at 673, was the second-highest for a single day in the country, after 684 fatalities reported on July 16.
Delhi provided some cheerful news amid the gloom. The capital recorded 1,211 new cases, the lowest single-day count in a month.
With a rush of 9,518 cases on Sunday, Maharashtra has recorded over 8,000 cases for four days in a row. However, Mumbai’s cases were down to 1,038 — probably the lowest in the state’s total thus far — even as the caseload in Greater Mumbai neared the 2 lakh mark.
Andhra Pradesh continued to bear the brunt of Covid-19 as it reported one of the biggest single-day spikes in the country with 5,041 new Covid-19 cases. With this, the state’s cumulative caseload is a shade below 50,000, at 49,650. The state’s toll rose to 642 with 56 more people succumbing to the virus. This too was the highest single-day Covid-19 toll in the state. With the state registering a few thousands cases every day, the recovery rate has now plummeted to 46%, the third lowest among all states.
Karnataka on Sunday added 4,120 Covid-19 cases, taking the total number of its infected to 63,772, while the total number of deaths jumped to 1,331 with 91 fatalities. Bengaluru accounted for 2,156 and 36 of Sunday’s cases and deaths, respectively. With this, the city has a total of 31,777 cases and 667 deaths. Chennai reported 1,254 cases and 27 deaths for the day, while it was 1,038 and 64 in Mumbai.
Tamil Nadu’s Covid-19 numbers were rising with active cases crossing 50,000 for the first time, fresh cases nudging 5,000, and 78 deaths in the last 24 hours.