India logs highest single-day spike of 8,380 COVID cases
New Delhi: As the fourth phase of the lockdown came to an end on Sunday, India registered its highest ever single-day spike in new infections. With 8,380 new cases in the last 24 hours, the country's tally climbed to 1,82,143, while the death toll rose to 5,164 after recording an increase of 193 new fatalities.
India has now become the world's seventh worst-hit country in terms of Coronavirus cases after US, Brazil, Russia, UK, Spain and Italy.
There are only 89,995 COVID-19 active cases as 86,984 people have recovered so far at the rate of 47.75 per cent. In the last 24 hours, 4,614 patients were found cured.
Commenting on the "rapid" rise in the COVID-19 cases, a senior ICMR official said, "Since lots of restrictions have been lifted, so it's natural that cases would increase. We need not worry about the increasing trend as the country is witnessing a promising recovery rate."
"When we are testing above 1.25 lakh samples in a day and diagnosis of 8,380 positive cases is not a worrying factor as it accounts to 6.68 per cent cases of the total samples," the ICMR official said, adding that people now need to be more careful as most of the curbs have been lifted.
Notably, the IMCR has conducted 37,37,027 tests and it's testing labs capacities have been increased to 669 that includes 466 government diagnostic centres and 203 private labs. In the last 24 hours, the IMCR has tested 1,25,428 samples. The death toll has gone up by 193 since Saturday morning, of which 99 deaths were reported from Maharashtra, 27 from Gujarat, 18 from Delhi, nine each from Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, seven from Bengal, six each from Tamil Nadu and Telangana, five from Bihar, three from Uttar Pradesh, two from Punjab, and one each from Haryana and Kerala.
Of the total 5,164 fatalities, Maharashtra tops the tally with 2,197 deaths, followed by Gujarat (1,007), Delhi (416), Madhya Pradesh (343), Bengal (309), Uttar Pradesh (201), Rajasthan (193), Tamil Nadu (160), Telangana (77) and Andhra Pradesh (60).
According to the health ministry data, the highest number of confirmed cases in the country are from Maharashtra at 65,168, followed by Tamil Nadu at 21,184, Delhi at 18,549, Gujarat at 16,343, Rajasthan at 8,617, Madhya Pradesh at 7,891 and Uttar Pradesh at 7,445. The number of COVID-19 cases has gone up to 5,130 in Bengal, 3,636 in Bihar, 3,569 in Andhra Pradesh, 2,922 in Karnataka, 2,499 in Telangana, 2,341 in Jammu and Kashmir, 2,233 in Punjab and 1,923 in Haryana.