NEW DELHI: India became the third country in the world to register three million Covid-19 infections, going past the grim milestone on a day when more than 70,400 fresh cases were recorded, the highest single-day count so far. With 70,488 new cases on Saturday, India’s total caseload went up to 30,40,597, as per data collated…
NEW DELHI: India became the third country in the world to register three million Covid-19 infections, going past the grim milestone on a day when more than 70,400 fresh cases were recorded, the highest single-day count so far. With 70,488 new cases on Saturday, India’s total caseload went up to 30,40,597, as per data collated from state governments. This was the second time the daily tally in the country had crossed the 70,000 mark after 70,101 cases were reported on Wednesday.
There was a marginal dip in deaths from the virus, with 917 fatalities recorded on Saturday – the lowest in five days – taking the total Covid-19 toll to 56,764. The daily death had remained above 950 in the past four days, with the highest toll so far of 1,099 bei-ng recorded on Tuesday. The two other countries to register more than three million coronavirus cases are the US (current tally 5.8 million) and Brazil (3.5 million). While India has recorded the fastest rise in cases from one million to three million, the good news is that active cases in the country are lower than what the US and Brazil had at the three-million mark. The US had around 16 lakh active cases and Brazil eight lakh as compared with India’s 7.1 lakh at the same stage. On Saturday, at least five states recorded their highest single-day spike in cases, led by Maharashtra, where 14,492 fresh infections were reported. The other states were UP (5,375), Telangana (2,474), Gujarat 1,212 and Madhya Pradesh (1,226). The new cases in Maharashtra matched the highest single-day spike witnessed only two days ago, taking the case tally in the state to 6,71,942. After a 13-day gap, Andhra Pradesh once again reported over 10,000 new coronavirus cases in a day, pushing the tally to 3,45,216 on Saturday.
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