India’s Covid-19 caseload went past the 8 lakh mark just four days after having crossed 7 lakh, while the death toll topped 22,000 on Friday. Amid a major surge in the pandemic, fresh infections crossed 27,000 for the first time, the third record high in daily numbers in three days.
The day’s death toll from the virus crossed 500 for the first time in six days, settling at 520. This was the second highest single-day count of deaths after the 608 reported on July 4, discounting the 2,003 deaths reported on June 16 in a data reconciliation exercise.
Over 2.36 lakh cases have been reported in the 10 days of July, as compared to 4 lakh in the whole of June. Likewise, these 10 days have seen 4,733 deaths while June had recorded about 12,000 in all.
With 27,449 cases on Friday, the total infections in India rose to 8,21,722, as per data collated from states.
On Friday, besides Maharashtra, at least eight other states also reported their highest single-day rise in cases. These were Karnataka, where 2,313 fresh infections were detected, Andhra Pradesh (1,608), Uttar Pradesh (1,347), Bengal (1,198), Gujarat (875), Odisha (755), Kerala (416) and Manipur (147) On its tenth consecutive day, Gujarat recorded yet another high daily tally at 875 fresh Covid-19 cases. The state has crossed 40,000 total cases (40,155). It was the second consecutive day for the state to record 800-plus cases or nine cases every 15 minutes. Surat again reported the maximum 269 cases followed by 165 from Ahmedabad and 69 from Vadodara.
The state also recorded deaths of 14 Covid-19 positive patients, taking the death toll to 2,024.
In an indication of the worsening Covid-19 situation in Kerala, contact cases have started exceeding cases among returnees from abroad and other states in the daily tally. The state on Friday witnessed a massive surge of 416 cases, the highest single-day count so far, of which contact cases were 242 as against 174 among returnees.
CM Pinarayi Vijayan said there were three major clusters in these wards that have resulted in the super spread and there is every chance of a community spread.
As many as 1,347 new cases were reported in the past 24 hours in Uttar Pradesh, taking the Covid-19 tally so far to 34,131. This is the maximum number of cases in a single day. Official data reveals that the first 10 days of July have already seen 10,000 plus novel coronavirus cases, which is more than 50% of the cases recorded in June.