Daily deaths from the Covid-19 pandemic touched an all-time high on Friday, crossing 1,300 for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic even as fresh cases surged to another new peak at nearly 2.34 lakh.
Meanwhile, one out of every four cases detected across the world on Thursday was in India, as surging numbers in the country were driving the global daily counts towards an all-time high.
There were 845,408 new cases recorded across the world on Thursday, just 16 short of the peak of 845,424 reported on January 8, as per worldometers.info. Of these, India accounted for 216,902, around 26%. Brazil, with the second-highest tally of daily cases on Thursday, was not even close to half of India’s count at 80,529.
On Friday, India recorded 2,33,987 new cases, an increase of 8% over the previous day’s 2,16,902. As many as 16 states posted their highest-ever surge in cases, a record for a single day. Fatalities provided a grim picture with daily deaths climbing to a record 1,340, going past the previous highest of 1,275 reported on September 15 last year, at the peak of the first wave in the country. Like the previous day, deaths in four states crossed the 100 mark, with Gujarat’s toll coming close to three figures at 94.
Maharashtra reported 398 deaths. Chhattisgarh continued to report the second highest daily toll at 138, followed by Delhi (141) and UP (103). Fatalities were also rising in Karnataka (78), followed by MP at 60. Jharkhand reported 56 deaths, its highest from the pandemic in a single day.
Maharashtra was also at the top among the 16 states that saw their highest daily cases on Friday. It logged 63,729 new infections, going past the previous high of 63,294 recorded on Sunday. UP continued to report a massive surge as a record 27,426 cases were detected in the last 24 hours.