NEW DELHI: India’s Covid-19 count went past 70,000 on Monday, just two days after crossing the 60,000 milestone, as Maharashtra continued to report above 1,000 new cases for the sixth day running while the pandemic spread alarmingly in Tamil Nadu, which added its highest single-day number of cases at 798.
Overall, however, the count of new cases across the country was down from Sunday’s record high (of 4,308) to 3,607. India now has 70,793, according to the latest numbers reported by states. Maharashtra has nearly a third of all cases. Just four states — Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Delhi — have 66% of India’s Covid caseload.
The count of fresh cases remained high on Monday in Gujarat (347) and Delhi (310), but both these states have reported higher numbers in the past few days.
In what would be a relief for health authorities, Monday’s death toll from the virus came down to 82 after remaining at 113 for two consecutive days. Maharashtra recorded the highest 36 deaths, taking its total toll to 868, with Mumbai alone accounting for 528.
There was a slight decline in new cases in Maharashtra, which recorded 1,230 on Monday as opposed to 1,276 (along with 667 past cases declared positive) the previous day. However, the rapid surge of the pandemic in Tamil Nadu, where the total Covid count has raced to 8,002, only 540 less than second-placed Gujarat, will come as a worry.
Delhi did not record any new death. The national capital reported 310 fresh cases of coronavirus, taking the tally to 7,233. Authorities said 97 patients are in ICU and 22 are on ventilator support.
Gujarat also recorded 20 fresh deaths. With this, the death toll breached the 500 mark with total number of patients succumbing to coronavirus now at 513. Meanwhile, 347 fresh positive cases were recorded in the last 24 hours in the state.
The death rate has zoomed in Gujarat in May. Till April 30, the state had recorded 214 deaths. Since then, it has reported 299 in 11 days, adding the last 100 in just four days. Ahmedabad district has accounted for 251 deaths, or 84% of the state’s total toll.
In Odisha, 37 people tested positive for Covid-19, raising the patient count in the state to 414. Ads in the past few days, most of the fresh cases were reported among stranded workers who have returned home in the past one week.
Assam recorded two Covid-19 positive cases, taking the state’s coronavirus count to 64. Seven positive cases were reported in Kerala, of which five came from other states and one from Kuwait. As many as 519 persons tested positive in state since the outbreak began in January and 27 patients are currently under treatment.
With 38 new cases, the Covid-19 caseload in Andhra Pradesh has also crossed the 2,000 mark. In a first in Andhra Pradesh, the state’s cumulative recoveries (998) outnumbered the active cases (975), while the death toll stood at 45.
In Rajasthan, five persons died while 174 others were tested positive for Covid-19. Two died in Jaipur, two in Pali and one death was reported from Ajmer taking toll to 113 in the state. The total of 3,988 Covid-19 cases have been reported in the state.
“A 17-year-old girl, a resident of Chhota Shekhpur Naveda in Bihar, died in Ajmer. She was on a trip to the city as a tourist and was staying at a hotel in the Ajmeri Gate area,” said Rajasthan’s additional chief secretary (health) Rohit Kumar Singh said.
The total number of coronavirus cases in Bihar crossed the 700 mark with 53 new cases. The total now stands at 749 with six deaths and 373 active cases while 367 people have recovered from the disease so far.