New Delhi: India witnesses a sudden surge in Covid-19 cases with this week case tally going 1.3 lakh higher than the count in the previous seven days, making it the highest weekly spike in infections till date. The Covid death rate also registered the sharpest ever rise of 51 percent as the country recorded 1,857 fatalities during the week, highest during December, 2020.
The total caseload in India has tripled in the past three weeks as 1.17 lakh cases were recorded in the first week of March, which was less than a third of the current week’s tally of 3,93,056. India’s Covid caseload crossed 1.2 crore mark on Sunday.
On Sunday, the fresh case hits 168-day-high with 68,266 cases. The highest cases were registered from Maharashtra with 40,414 infections. The state had reached the 26 lakh-mark of cases only on March 25. While, India reached 3.9 lakh cases during this week, highest since October last year, as per reports.
Meanwhile, state of Karnataka logged over 3,000 new cases after a gap of four months, and 12 related fatalities, taking the caseload to 9.87 lakh and the toll to 12,504. The state had last reported over 3,000 fresh cases on November 5, 2020, with 3,156 cases.
According to Union Health ministry Sunday report, eight states and UTs have a weekly positivity rate of coronavirus infection higher than the national average of 5.04 per cent, with Maharashtra recording the highest rate at 22.78 per cent.
Apart from Maharashtra, the other seven states and UTs with higher positivity rate than national average are – Chandigarh (11.85 per cent positivity rate), Punjab (8.45 per cent), Goa (7.03 per cent), Puducherry (6.85 per cent), Chhattisgarh (6.79 per cent), Madhya Pradesh (6.65 per cent) and Haryana (5.41 per cent).
It is to be mentioned that, while the last 10 lakh cases were registered in 35 days, the previous 10 million took 65 days, indicating that the infection rate in this second Corona wave has almost double.