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. Indias case count crossed the 41 lakh mark late on Saturday, going past Brazils tally of 40,93,586 cases at 11pm, as per worldometers.info.
Brazils numbers may overtake Indias when its final tally for Saturday is added. But going by recent trends, Indias 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 pandemics 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 stRead More – Source