India recorded 2,60,810 cases on Saturday, a sharp rise of 11.5% over the previous day’s tally of 2.34 lakh. This was the first double-digit growth in daily cases in four days, an indication that the Covid surge wasn’t slowing down yet.
Daily deaths from the virus rose sharply as well, with fatalities climbing to nearly 1,500 just four days after hitting the 1,000 mark for the first time after October 2. On Friday, the toll had crossed 1,300 for the first time ever.
In a bit of cheerful news amid the gloom, the death rate continues to be much lower than what was witnessed during the peak of the first wave in September, with the overall case fatality rate dropping to 1.2%. However, with active cases surging to over 18 lakh — having risen by a record 1.21 lakh on Saturday alone — fatalities are likely to rise in the coming days.
The seven-day rolling average of daily cases crossed 2 lakh on Saturday. The index has risen uninterruptedly for 65 days now, multiplying 17.5 times from a low of 11,364 on February 11 to 2,03,949 on April 17. This is the sharpest rise in cases over a period of two months or more seen in any country across the globe.
As many as 19 states and Union territories recorded their highest-ever single-day rise in cases on Saturday — the highest number since the beginning of the pandemic. These were led by Maharashtra, which reported 67,123 cases, followed by Delhi, where the tally surged sharply from 19,486 on Friday to 24,375.
Other states/UTs that registered a record surge were Karnataka (17,489 cases), Chhattisgarh (16,083), Kerala (13,835), MP (11,269), Gujarat (9,541), TN (9,344), Rajasthan (9,046), Bihar (7,870), Haryana (7,717), Bengal (7,713), Punjab (4,498), Telangana (4,446), Uttarakhand (2,757), Himachal (1,392), Puducherry (715), Ladakh (245) and Dadra & Nagar Haveli, including Daman & Diu), (158).
Maharashtra recorded 419 deaths in the last 24 hours, the highest since October 2 (424). Delhi reported as many as 167 deaths while in Chhattisgarh 158 deaths were officially recorded. UP had 120 fatalities in the last 24 hours.