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As second Corona wave hits the country, India stands third highest in world

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: The sudden surge in Covid-19 cases in India has once again pushed the country to become the world’s third-worst affected country in terms of a single-day caseload. For the fourth consecutive day, more than 40,000 fresh cases were reported in India on Monday, which led to this shift in India’s position in the list of worst hit Coronavirus countries.

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As per the data released by the WHO based on March 22 reported cases, once again the trio of Brazil, the US and India are leading the world in daily cases, with Brazil in a really worrying state with 79,069 new cases, the highest in the world, followed by the US at 60,228 and India at 46,951. Analysis of single-day case data for the past few days shows that India reached the third spot on March 19 and since then it has maintained that position.

On Monday, India reported 40,622 fresh cases, excluding data from Assam which is yet to arrive till late at night. An analysis of state-wise data shows that the increase in cases was no longer confined to a few states but at least nine states reported their highest case count since January or earlier.

For instance, as per Monday Covid-data, Gujarat reported the highest case ever in the state with 1,640 cases. Similarly, Monday saw the highest cases this year for Chhattisgarh (1,525), MP (1,348), Delhi (888) and Himachal (200). Tamil Nadu also reported 1,385 cases on Monday, the highest since December 14. Rajasthan reported 602 cases, the highest since January 1. Similarly, UP and Odisha too reported the highest cases since January 10 and January 24, respectively.

As the authorities have confirmed that the second wave has hit the country, it suggests that it is highly likely there is a pan-India resurgence of cases.

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