India’s Covid tally in August highest in world so far | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India is emerging as the biggest Covid-19 hotspot in the world in August. The country has so far recorded the most number of fresh cases this month, slightly more than the US and substantially higher than infections reported in Brazil. India has the world’s third highest death toll from the virus in the first six days of August.
The pandemic continued to surge on Friday, with fresh infections in the country crossing 60,000 for the second straight day and fatalities shooting up to 926, the highest single-day toll so far, as per data collated from state governments.
India reported 3,28,903 new coronavirus cases in the first six days of August. The corresponding figure in the US was 3,26,111 and in Brazil 2,51,264, according to
India’s daily cases have been the highest in the world on four of the six days of this month — August 2, 3, 5 and 6. India’s caseload crossed the 2 million (20 lakh) mark on Thursday, with the fastest rise in cases from 1 million to 2 million among the three countries that have reached the grim milestone so far. India’s infection growth rate of 3.1% was also higher than the US and Brazil at the 2 million stage.
In deaths, however, Brazil and the US have both registered more than 6,000 fatalities so far in August while India’s count is 5,075.
On Friday, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh continued to register above 10,000 fresh infections. At least five states reported their highest single-day spike in cases — Bihar (3,646 new cases), Telangana (2,207), Odisha (1,833), Punjab (1,063) and Manipur (249).
For the third day in a row, Maharashtra added over 10,000 cases and reported over 300 Covid-19 deaths on Friday. The state added 10,483 new Covid-19 cases and reported 300 deaths, taking the total cases to 4,90,262, very close to the 5-lakh mark while the total fatalities were at 17,092, breaching the 17,000-mark. Mumbai’s share in the state’s daily addition was 8.2% on Friday as for the second consecutive day the city reported below 1,000 cases at 862. Friday’s addition is the lowest in the last 10 days, underlining the city’s “stable” Covid curve.
Andhra Pradesh on Friday reported the highest single-day toll of 89 deaths and 10,171 fresh Covid-19 cases, also becoming the third state in the country to soar past the two-lakh caseload. The cumulative tally of the state stood at 2,06,960 cases behind Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, the two states having clocked the two-lakh coronavirus cases mark long ago. The state’s death toll also jumped to 1,842.
Andhra Pradesh breached the one-lakh mark on July 27, nearly 135 days after the state reported its first case on March 12. But it took only 11 days for the state to add the next one lakh cases.
The number of fresh Covid-19 cases in Chennai fell below 1,000 for the first time in 52 days on Friday while Tamil Nadu recorded its highest toll with 119 deaths. Chennai had 984 of the 5,880 fresh cases in the state, which pushed up the case tally to 2,85,024. The cumulative death toll was 4,690. Active cases stood at 52,759.

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