NEW DELHI: India overtook Brazil on Saturday as the country with the second highest recorded cases of Covid-19 after the US. The pandemic continued its unprecedented surge in India, with fresh cases close to 90,000 on Saturday, the fourth straight day of record daily rise in infections.
In another grim milestone, Covid deaths in India crossed 70,000, having risen by more than 10,000 in 10 days. India’s case count crossed the 41 lakh mark late on Saturday, going past Brazil’s tally of 40,93,586 cases at 11pm, as per worldometers.info.
Brazil’s numbers may overtake India’s when its final tally for Saturday is added. But going by recent trends, India’s caseload is expected to break away from Brazil by Sunday.
India, currently in the midst of the biggest Covid-19 spike seen in any country since the pandemic’s outbreak, has been recording nearly twice the number of daily cases than Brazil and US over the past few days. Over the past 24 hours, 89,690 infections where recorded in the country, taking the total caseload to 41,05,930 a day after crossing the 40-lakh mark, as per data collated by TOI from state governments. This was the fourth peak in daily cases in the past four days.
The spike in infections was again led by Maharashtra, which reported as many as 20,489 new cases on Saturday, its highest single-day count so far. Seven other states also reported their biggest daily jump in cases — Uttar Pradesh (6,692), Kerala (2,655), Haryana (2,289), J&K (1,251), Uttarakhand (950), Tripura (691) and Meghalaya (182).
The nationwide death toll from the virus on Saturday was 1,055, taking the total to 70,606. This was the fifth straight day of 1,000-plus death toll. On an average, there have been over 1,000 deaths per day in the country over the past 10 days. Delhi continued to report a resurgence of the virus, with 2,973 fresh infections on Saturday, the highest count in 67 days. The surge of cases in Maharashtra and Mumbai continued with the state on Saturday crossing a new grim milestone of adding over 20,000 cases in a day, its highest ever addition in a day.
The state’s Covid case burden is now at 8,83,862, accounting for 22% of India’s tally. The only silver lining was that the state’s case fatality rate dropped under 3% (2.97%) on Saturday for the first time since March. Mumbai’s spike too continued as, for the fourth day in a row, it added 1,737 cases to push its overall tally to 1,53,712.
Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh achieved the four million Covid-19 tests milestone on Saturday, even as the state reported 10,825 new cases, taking the cumulative tally to 4,87,331.