Coronavirus infections continues to increase in the country with the daily new case recorded at nearly 25,000 on Friday, and India’s active cases crossed the 2-lakh mark after 53 days.
The active cases have increased by nearly 48%, hitting a low 1.35 lakh exactly a month ago. Since then, the active case load has increased in 21 out of 36 states/Union Territories, with 10 showing higher growth than the national average.
On Friday India recorded 24,866 new covid cases that are the highest count of Coronavirus cases since December 23rd last year. And most of the cases have been recorded in Maharashtra that is about 15,817 which was the highest single-day covid case count in the state since October 1st last year.
Deaths from the virus were also inching up, with 140 recorded in the country in the past 24 hours that is the highest daily tally since January 28.
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505% rise in active Covid cases in Chandigarh, 220% in Haryana
Punjab and Maharashtra saw a big increase in mortalities with 34 deaths recorded in Punjab and 56 deaths in Maharashtra on Friday. The state had reported 18 fatalities on the previous day following Kerala that recorded 14 deaths.
However, India last recorded higher than 2lakh active cases on January 18, when the cases started declining rapidly. The count has been rising since February 12, in sync with the surge in cases.
From February 12 to March 11, Maharashtra added more than 74,000 active cases, registering a growth of 229%. In Punjab, active cases grew by 7,783 during this period, a rise of 338%.
Chandigarh logged a rise of 505%, Haryana 220%, Madhya Pradesh 120%, Gujarat 114%, Delhi 92% and Rajasthan 52%. On the other hand, active cases declined by 46% in Kerala, 53% in Bihar, 45% in Uttar Pradesh and 27% in Bengal during this period. The rise in fresh cases has been particularly sharp this week. While Friday’s tally was 24,866, there were 23,280 new cases on Thursday, 22,885 on Wednesday and 17,879 on Tuesday. The seven-day rolling average of daily cases crossed 20,000 on Friday, up from 19,302 on the previous day.
On Friday, Karnataka recorded 833 new cases. The day’s count in Gujarat was 715, while Madhya Pradesh recorded 603, Delhi 431, Bengal 277 and Andhra Pradesh 210 — all highest tallies in the respective states since January