New infections top 29,000; over 3 lakh active cases now

NEW DELHI: The number of active Covid-19 cases in India crossed the 3 lakh mark on Sunday even as fresh infections during the day surged to another new peak, crossing 29,000 for the first time. After staying over 500 for the past two days, the daily death toll came down slightly to 492.

While the focus has been on recoveries, the number of active Covid-19 cases in the country has been steadily rising. It hit the 1 lakh mark on June 4 and went past 2 lakh 23 days later. It has taken just 15 days more to reach 3 lakh.

India reported 29,271 new cases on Sunday, the fifth straight day of record rise in daily infections. With this, the country’s coronavirus caseload has risen to 8,79,060, two days after hitting the 8 lakh mark, as per data collated from state governments. Active cases stood at 3,02,466 while more than 5.53 lakh people were declared cured of the infection.

Covid-19 deaths in the country rose to 23,175 after 492 fatalities were added on Sunday, translating to a case fatality rate of 2.6%. The CFR has been steadily dropping with the surge in cases.

Another grim landmark was breached on Sunday when south India together recorded over 10,000 fresh cases (10,589 in all), with Karnataka (2,627 new cases) and Andhra Pradesh (1,933) registering their highest single-day jump in infections.

Other states to report their biggest single-day rise in cases were Bengal (1,560), Bihar (1,266), Gujarat (879) and Chhattisgarh (184). Bihar’s rise was the most dramatic as cases in the state jumped from 709 on Saturday to 1,266. Bihar also became the 10th state to record more than 1,000 infections in a day.

Maharashtra again reported the highest number of new infections at 7,827, its third-highest single-day addition. The state’s active caseload breached the one-lakh mark, with 1,03,516 patients now under treatment. Overall cases for the state also crossed the 2.5 lakh mark to reach 2,54,427.

The state though reported a dip in Covid-19 deaths with 173 in the last 24 hours, lowest in the last one week during which it was reporting over 200 deaths daily. And the state’s case fatality rate, which hovered between 4.5% and 4.7% for most of last month, has declined to 4%. Mumbai in the latest update reported 1,243 cases, contributing to 15% of the state’s addition.

Delhi’s Covid-19 numbers continued to dip, with the capital reporting 1,573 cases and 37 deaths, a sharp drop from the 2,505 cases reported in the beginning of the week.

In Karnataka, not only did new cases surge to a record high of 2,627, the day’s death toll too touched a peak of 71. Bengaluru continues to be the ground zero of coronavirus in the southern state with 1,525 cases on Sunday, raising its total number of cases to 18,387, while the city reported 45 deaths.

Andhra Pradesh reported 19 deaths and a new single-day surge of 1,913 Covid-19 cases on Sunday, taking its overall caseload to 29,168. The coronavirus toll further increased to 328 with Kurnool district reporting 101 fatalities, closely followed by Krishna district, which has 80 deaths.

Andhra Pradesh tested 17,624 samples to detect the 1913 cases on Sunday. This translates into a case positivity rate of 10.85%, the highest positivity rate ever since the large-scale testing was started in the state.

Though new infections were on the rise in Tamil Nadu, with 4,244 cases reported on Sunday, the number of active cases had remained under the 47,000-mark throughout the week. While Chennai maintained a downward curve with 1,168 cases, fresh cases were spiraling in its three neighbouring districts of Kancheepuram, Chengalpet and Tiruvallur.

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