New Delhi: With overwhelmed health care and scarcity of medical oxygen, India once again touched a new peak of 3.46 lakh Covid-19 cases in a single day with fatalities hitting a worrisome new record of 2,600 on Friday.
The country has now reported close to a 9.94 lakh cases in just three days, while Friday was also the fourth day in a row in which India reported more than 2,000 deaths in 24 hours.
Whereas, other top worst hit countries like Brazil reported 79,719 cases on Thursday while the respective figures were 62,642 for the US and 54,791 for Turkey. None of the other worst-affected countries are even close to India. Notably, of the total 8.9 lakh fresh cases reported internationally, a significant 37% were reported from India alone.
If we talk about state wise corona statistics, Bengaluru has left behind Mumbai and Delhi as it emerges as the district with the highest number of active cases in the country, just under 1.5 lakh as of Thursday. The only other district with over 1 lakh active cases is Pune with under 1.2 lakh.
Five of the 10 districts with the highest number of active Corona cases are in Maharashtra are- Pune, Mumbai, Nagpur, Thane and Nashik, respectively. As per data from covid19india.org, Hyderabad with over 94,000 has more active cases than any of these districts. The other districts in the top 10 include Lucknow, Kamrup Metro (Guwahati) and Ahmedabad.
If we take a look at state-wise analysis, it shows that Friday saw the highest single-day spike of cases in 15 states and UTs. This includes Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Gujarat, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab and Chandigarh.
While, among states, Maharashtra reported 66,836 cases- the country’s highest – followed by Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka and Delhi, each reporting over 20,000 cases on Friday. Maharashtra also reported the highest number of deaths on Friday at 773, nearly 30% of the total deaths reported in the country. It was followed by the national capital that reported 348 deaths and Chhattisgarh where 219 people died due to Covid-related complications. Apart from these states, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Gujarat reported over a hundred deaths on Friday.
Meanwhile, eight other states reported over 50 deaths on Friday, including Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Haryana, West Bengal and Bihar.