NEW DELHI: In the biggest surge in Covid-19 infections in Delhi, 472 people tested positive for the virus on Thursday, even as India’s total caseload crossed 80,000 with 3,995 fresh cases reported, the second-highest rise in a day.
While this was the fifth consecutive day of over 3,500 cases being added to the country’s Covid count, the growth rate of the infection has gradually decreased during this period. However, the infection continues to spiral in several states, led by Maharashtra, which again reported a huge surge in cases — 1,602, the highest so far if the 770-odd back-dated cases reported along with others on Sunday are not counted.
The pandemic was also showing a surge in Madhya Pradesh (314 new cases), Rajasthan (206) as well as many eastern states witnessing a return of migrant workers. Kerala too reported 26 new cases on Thursday, its biggest surge since the end of March.
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Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu overtook Gujarat as the state with the second highest count of Covid cases. However, the number infections were gradually decreasing in the both states, with Tamil Nadu for the first time in many days reporting less than 500 cases on Thursday (447), and Gujarat registering 324.
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The total number of coronavirus in the country stood at 82,085, as per reports from state governments. The death toll, however, fell to double digits after two days, with 99 fatalities reported on Thursday.
In Delhi, the total Covid count crossed the 8,000 mark to reach 8,470. With nine fresh deaths, the death toll in the state has climbed to 115. “The doubling rate of cases in Delhi is 11-12 days. We would be in a more comfortable position if it is 20 or more,” Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain said.
With the addition of 44 deaths, Maharashtra on Thursday breached the 1,000-mark and recorded 1,019 Covid 19 deaths, in just over two months since the first Covid19 case was reported. About 55% of the total deaths have come in last 14 days of May alone.
Maharashtra continued to add over 1,000 cases for the ninth day in a row. Thursday saw 1,602 new cases, the second-highest single-day jump, taking the total tally to 27,524 cases. Of the 14 days of the month so far, in only three days has the case addition been under 1,000. In 14 days a total of 16,883 cases were added, which is 61.33% of the total cases.
Madhya Pradesh’s corona count shot up again on Thursday with 314 new cases – the second highest of the outbreak. Yet again, Indore accounted for the bulk of the cases — 191 in all, taking its count to 2,299. Just by itself, Indore would find itself on the top 10 list of the country, at ninth position, above Andhra Pradesh (2,205).
Jharkhand reported its highest jump in cases at 22. Eighty of the 95 people who have tested positive in the state since May 5 are migrants.
In Odisha, another state where returning migrants have raised the Covid count significantly, 86 new cases were detected on Thursday to take the total tally to 624.
In Punjab, the pandemic’s surge on account of returning pilgrims from Nanded now seems to be subsiding. The state reported 11 new cases and no death on Thursday.