Record 4.14 lakh cases in 24 hours
New Delhi, May 7
India on Friday recorded a new high of 4,14,188 new Covid-19 cases, taking the caseload to 2,14,91,598, according to the Union Health Ministry, amid growing calls from several quarters for a National lockdown.
Health Ministry numbers showed that 3,915 deaths were reported in the past 24 hours, taking the overall toll to 2,34,083. However, 1,76,12,351 Covid-19 patients have recovered, with India's active caseload at 36,45,164.
The top five states that have registered maximum cases are Maharashtra (62,194), followed by Karnataka (49,058), Kerala (42,464), Uttar Pradesh (26,622) and Tamil Nadu (24,898).
These five States account for 49.55 per cent of the new cases, with Maharashtra alone responsible for 15.02 per cent of the fresh infections. Maximum casualties were reported in Maharashtra (853), followed by Uttar Pradesh (350).
During the second wave of the pandemic, Maharashtra has registered more than 18,000 Covid-related deaths in just four months. However, the case fatality rate in the State was higher during the first wave in 2020.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court today rejected the Centre's petition against a High Court order asking it to send 1,200 MT of oxygen to Karnataka.
"The Karnataka High Court order is a careful, calibrated exercise and we see no reason to entertain the Centre's appeal," the Supreme Court said.
The Centre had yesterday approached the Supreme Court against the High Court order asking it to increase daily liquid medical oxygen allocation for Karnataka from 965 MT to 1200 MT for treating COVID-19 patients.
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