Highest single-day Covid deaths, recoveries in India
NEW DELHI, Aug 2
The daily death toll from the Covid-19 pandemic in India crossed 800 for the first time, with 848 fatalities being reported on Saturday, 322 of these in Maharashtra alone, even as the country recorded nearly 56,000 fresh cases, the second-highest single-day count so far.
In a more cheerful development, recoveries rose to a single-day high with 51,740 people being declared cured of the infection on Saturday, 12,750 of them in Andhra Pradesh and over 10,000 in Maharashtra.
The country’s Covid-19 caseload crossed 17 lakh, with 55,919 fresh cases taking the total to 17,50,901, as per data collated from State Governments. Deaths too have surged this week, with the daily toll remaining above 750 for the fifth day running.
India's Covid-19 tally crossed the 17-lakh mark on Sunday, just two days after it went past 16 lakh, with 54,735 cases being reported in a day, while the recoveries crossed the 11-lakh mark. The total coronavirus cases surged to 17,50,723, while the death toll climbed to 37,364 with 853 people succumbing to the disease in a day, the data updated at 8 am showed. Saturday’s death toll of 848 was easily the highest single-day count so far, 62 higher than the previous peak of 786 recorded on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Chennai surpassed the grim milestone of 1 lakh cases with 1,074 new additions, taking its tally to 1,00,877. In July, four States recorded more than 1 lakh cases, led by Maharashtra, where 2,47,357 cases were reported during the month. Tamil Nadu had the next highest caseload in July at 1,55,692, followed by Andhra Pradesh (1,26,338), Karnataka (1,08,873) and Uttar Pradesh (62,953). However, Andhra Pradesh had by far the biggest growth rate of cases in July at 866%, which means infections grew nearly 10-fold. Cases in the State rose from 14,595 to 1,40,933 during the month. Karnataka’s growth rate was 714%, Kerala's 431%, Bihar's 410% and Assam's 390%.
Five States reported more than 1,000 Covid-19-related deaths in July. Maharashtra had by far the highest count of 7,139, followed by Tamil Nadu (2,734), Karnataka (2,068), Delhi (1,221) and Andhra Pradesh (1,173). The growth rate of fatalities during the month was the highest in Karnataka at 840%, followed by Andhra Pradesh (666%).
On Saturday, Maharashtra reported 322 deaths, its highest toll for a day so far, taking its total Covid-19 fatalities to 15,316 by breaching the 15,000 mark. Chandrapur, the only district so far in the State to not have had any Covid-19 deaths, reported its first casualty. With this, there is not a single district in the State with a zero fatality count.
The State reported a slight dip in new cases, at 9,601, and more discharges (10,725) were reported than daily additions. Maharashtra’s total cases rose to 4,31,719. Mumbai registered a dip in the number of deaths on Saturday, with 45 deaths or 14% of total fatalities added, and 1,047 new cases.
Andhra Pradesh reported 9,276 Covid-19 cases on Saturday as the cumulative tally breached the 1.5 lakh mark. The total number of positive cases in the State now stands at 1,50,209. The State also witnessed a record 12,750 recoveries, the highest discharges in a single day.
With one death short of hundred reported on Saturday, the cumulative toll in Tamil Nadu breached the 4,000 mark to 4,034 on Saturday. The State added 5,879 cases that pushed the case tally to 2,51,738. The number of active cases however came down to 56,738 from 57,968 on Friday.
In Bihar, 3,521 fresh cases were reported, the highest in a day so far, taking the tally up to 54,508. Among those tested positive for the virus on Saturday included Patna DM Kumar Ravi. In Rajasthan, the number of Covid-19 cases were all time high on Saturday when 1,160 cases were recorded. Also, the State witnessed the highest deaths in a single day at 14. This was the eighth consecutive day when the number of cases was above 1,000. With four deaths reported in the past 24 hours, Gujarat’s Ahmedabad district has now recorded deaths of 1,601 Covid-19 patients. The last 100 deaths took place in 24 days, which is more than double of the 11 days it took the district to record 1,401 cases to 1,500 cases.