Unprecedented single-day Covid spike of 77,266 in India

New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) India on Friday breached its own previous day record of single-day spike of over 75,000 cases, by registering an unprecedented 77,266 fresh coronavirus infections in 24 hours.
With this India’s tally mounted to 33,87,500 while the toll reached 61,529 with 1,057 more fatalities, said the Health Ministry.
India though the third worst-hit at present, after the US and Brazil, has been reporting the highest number of daily coronavirus cases in the world for the last three weeks. No other country has reported such continued surge since the pandemic surfaced in China’s Wuhan city in December 2019.
India’s journey to over 33 lakh cases took precisely six months and 28 days since the emergence of the first case in the country on January 30.
On July 17, the country had logged 10 lakh cases, which then doubled in 20 days on August 7, and added another 10 lakh on August 23. It has now added almost 4 lakh cases in five days.
Recoveries have crossed the 25-lakh mark and surged to 25,83,948 with 60,177 more people recuperating in the past 24 hours, taking the recovery rate to 76.28 per cent. The actual caseload of the country is the active cases, which currently stands at 7,42,023. The silver lining is that the recoveries are over three times more than the active cases.
In India the fatality rate, which is the proportion of people who die from the disease among individuals diagnosed, has dropped to 1.81 per cent, the Health Ministry said. The positivity rate, which is the percentage of samples coming out to be positive out of the tests conducted, stands at 8.5 per cent.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, a cumulative of 3,94,77,848 samples have been tested till August 25 with 9,01,338 samples being tested on Thursday.
Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit with a total of 7,33,568 cases and 23,444 deaths; followed by Tamil Nadu with 4,03,242 cases and 6,948 deaths. Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, West Bengal, and Bihar come next.
The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 2 crore 43 lakh, while the deaths have increased to over 8,29,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The US accounted for the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 58,63,363 and 1,80,595 respectively. Brazil came in the second place with 37,61,391 infections and 1,18,649 deaths.

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