India’s Covid toll tops 35,000, fifth highest in world now

NEW DELHI: More than 54,000 fresh Covid-19 cases and 786 fatalities were reported from across the country on Thursday, both highest in a single day so far, even as the overall death count from the pandemic crossed 35,000, with more than 5,000 being reported in the last seven days.
India now has the fifth highest Covid-19 death toll in the world after overtaking Italy’s fatality count of 35,132. The country’s overall toll stood at 35,748 on Thursday night. Of these, 18,356 have come in July alone, more than all Covid-19 deaths in the previous months put together.
India’s coronavirus caseload crossed 16 lakh, with a record 54,211 new cases on Thursday, as per data collated from state governments. Maharashtra reported 11,147 fresh infections, the highest in a single day in any state, and Andhra Pradesh 10,167, becoming the only state to report 10,000-plus daily cases two days in a row.

The death toll crossed 35,000 on a day when a record 786 fatalities were added to the count. The previous single-day highest toll was 781 recorded on Tuesday. Only the US with over 1.5 lakh deaths, Brazil (90,000-plus), the UK (45,999) and Mexico (45,361) have reported higher Covid-19 fatalities than India.
Maharashtra reported 11,147 new cases, its single highest addition in a day so far since the beginning of the pandemic. The highest addition until now was 10,576 on July 22. The total cases in the state has now jumped to 4,11,798.
The state also added 266 Covid-related deaths, of which 53 were from Mumbai. The total fatalities in the state were 14,726, very close to the 15,000 mark while that for Mumbai was 6,300. Mumbai added 1,208 cases on Thursday — 10.8% of the state’s addition, taking the total cases to 1,13,199. After the low of 700 cases seen on July 28, cases in the city have once again seen a jump with 1,109 being reported on Wednesday and 1,208 on Thursday.
The day’s new cases in Andhra Pradesh, at 10,167, were second only to Maharashtra’s. The state also recorded 68 deaths. Both numbers were the highest single-day surge in the infections. Andhra Pradesh with a caseload of 1,30,557 is in the fourth spot in terms of overall cases, but is set to overtake Delhi, which has 1,34,403 cases so far.
Besides Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka (6,128 new cases), Uttar Pradesh (3,765), Gujarat (1,159), Rajasthan (1,156) and Goa (215) recorded their highest jump in cases in a day. Meanwhile, new cases in Telangana crossed 1,800 (1811) for the first time since July 8.
Karnataka reported more than 6,000 cases for the first time, taking the total number infections in the state close to 1.2 lakh. The day saw 3,793 patients being discharged on recovery.
Of the 6,128 positive cases reported, Bengaluru accounted for 2,233 cases. According to the state health bulletin, the state reported 83 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking the toll to 2,230 cases. With 22 deaths, Bengaluru’s toll touched 1,009.
In Bihar, three more coronavirus-infected doctors died on Thursday at AIIMS-Patna, taking the death toll of doctors to 12 in the state. Five Patna residents, too, died of Covid-19 on Thursday. The state health department reported 12 official deaths, taking the toll to 285 so far.

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