With 3,52,991 people testing positive for coronavirus infection in a day, the highest so far, India’s total tally of Covid-19 cases has climbed to 1,73,13,163 while active cases have crossed the 28-lakh mark, according to the Union health ministry data updated on Monday.
This is also the fastest million India has added to its tally. In three days, India’s tally of total Covid-19 cases went from 16 to 17 million.
The death toll increased to 1,95,123 with a record 2,812 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,43,04,382. The case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.13 per cent, the data stated.
The 2,812 new fatalities include 832 from Maharashtra, 350 from Delhi, 206 from Uttar Pradesh, 199 from Chhattisgarh, 157 from Gujarat, 143 from Karnataka, and 103 from Jharkhand.
A total of 1,95,123 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 64,760 from Maharashtra, 14,426 from Karnataka, 14,248 from Delhi, 13,557 from Tamil Nadu, 11,165 from Uttar Pradesh, 10,941 from West Bengal, 8,432 from Punjab and 7,685 from Andhra Pradesh.
India’s total vaccination count as of Monday stood at 14,19,11,223.
India’s Covid surge this week was the worst-ever for any country in the world. Even on Sunday, the country reported 3.55 lakh cases and 2,807 deaths, both new global highs.
Before India clocked over 22 lakh cases in a week, the only country which had come anywhere close was the US, which recorded 17.9 lakh cases in the seven-day period ending January 10 this year.
In the seven days between April 18 and April 25, India reported 22.49 lakh cases, which is the highest number of cases reported by any country in any seven-day period since the beginning of the pandemic.
The excess burden on the health care system is also being reflected in the alarming growth rate of deaths in this period.
Compared with 8,588 deaths reported in the week ending April 18, the last seven days saw 16,257 deaths. The 89% increase in cumulative deaths is nearly double the rate of increase of cumulative cases in this period which saw a 47% surge.