NEW DELHI: India has recorded more than 12 lakh fresh Covid-19 cases in August, higher than in any previous month and the highest count by any country during this month. The milestone came on a day when the country reported more than 69,000 fresh infections, the second highest single-day tally so far, and 986 deaths.
India’s count of Covid-19 cases in August (till 20th) stood at 1207539 as per data collated from state governments. The tally for the whole of July was 1109444 India’s count of cases in August continues to the world’s highest, with the US in second place (9,94,863 cases till August 19) and Brazil third (7,94,115), according to worldometers.info.
On Thursday, 69,317 fresh cases were detected in the country, taking the total caseload to over 29 lakh.
This was the second highest jump in infections in a day, after Wednesday tally of 70,101. The day’s death toll from the virus was 986.
The highest count of cases was again reported from Maharashtra, which logged its highest single-day spike in infections with as many as 14,492 recorded on the day. This was the first time that daily cases had crossed 14,000 in the state.
Besides Maharashtra, eight other states reported their highest single-day count of cases – Bengal (3,197), Punjab (1,741), Gujarat(1,175), Madhya Pradesh (1,142), Chhattisgarh (1,016 since Wednesday night, 916 on Thursday), Haryana (996), Puducherry (554) and Meghalaya (126).
A day after Maharashtra reported over 13,000 cases in a day for the first time, the state broke the dubious record by reporting over 14,400 cases, its highest spike so far since March. With Thursday’s addition, the state’s total case tally touched 6,43,289, close to the 6.5 lakh mark. The state has added over 10,000 cases each in 14 out of the 20 days of August.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region, including BMC, added 3,659 cases and 83 deaths, taking the total cases in the region to 2,99,165, close to the 3 lakh mark it is likely to hit on Friday. Mumbai accounts for 44.3% of the total cases in MMR.For the second consecutive day, Maharashtra added over 300 deaths to its Covid-19 toll. With the addition of 326 deaths on Thursday, the total fatalities reached 21,033. Out of the 326 deaths reported though, 231 were from the last 48 hours and 63 from last week, officials said. The remaining 32 deaths were from the period before last week and included deaths from Pune, Kolhapur, Thane, among others, officials said.
The Covid-19 toll in Andhra Pradesh crossed the 3,000-mark on Thursday, with the virus claiming another 95 lives. The toll now stands at 3,001, even as the state reported 9,393 Covid-19 cases, taking the cumulative tally to 3,25,396.
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