Maharashtra continues to contribute a major chunk of these cases, adding 2,190 fresh patients, or more than one-third of the nation’s cases on Wednesday. With total 56,948 cases, Maharashtra alone accounts for nearly 37% of India’s caseload.
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With 105 fresh casualties, Maharashtra also became the first state in India to register triple-digit deaths in a single day, taking the state’s cumulative toll to 1,897 and that of the nation to 4525. Nearly 57% of India’s 185 casualties recorded on Wednesday came from Maharashtra. India’s casualties on Wednesday are the second highest after the record 199 deaths which were registered on May 5.
Maharashtra officials attributed the high fatalities on Wednesday to book keeping, saying 39 of them occurred in the last two days while the remaining 66 between April 21 and May 24. Mumbai recorded 32 deaths on Wednesday and 21 of them occurred during the period between April 21 and May 24. In the last two days, Maharashtra has recorded 202 deaths.
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Maharashtra’s public health department said that the doubling rate, which was 11.5 days till last week, has increased to 14.7 days as on Wednesday. In another positive development, 67,597 or nearly 44% of the patients have recovered from the virus across the country.
After Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu reported the highest caseload, 817, while both Delhi and Gujarat crossed the 15,000-mark on Wednesday. With a record 792 new cases in a day, Delhi’s total cases stood at 15,257 while with 376 fresh patients, Gujarat’s cumulative cases stood at 15205.
After Maharashtra, Gujarat recorded maximum deaths, 23, taking the state’s toll to 938. Ahmedabad district alone accounts for 764 of these deaths. Key sources in the state government said a fifth lockdown for two to three weeks is very likely, considering the spread of the virus in the state.
Delhi reported 15 deaths, Madhya Pradesh eight and Tamil Nadu, Bengal and Telangana six each.
Uttar Pradesh crossed the 7,000-mark after recording 269 fresh cases, taking the state’s caseload to 7026. The state reported five more death, taking the toll to 177.
Three deaths each were reported from Rajasthan and Karnataka, two from J&K and one each from Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Haryana.
With 134 fresh cases, Andhra Pradesh registered the highest single-day surge in either of the two Telugu states, taking the coastal state’s caseload to 3,117. With one more death, the toll rose to 58. In the neighbouring Telangana, 107 fresh cases were registered.
Assam saw the biggest jump in the number of recovered cases, 25, even as 92 new patients pushed the state’s caseload to 774. Among the fresh cases is a woman from Guwahati who is the first domestic flight passenger to have tested positive in the state. In neighbouring Nagaland, five more cases were reported, taking the total number of infected people to nine – all of whom returned to the state from Chennai on May 22 by a Shramik Special.