NEW DELHI: India reported 6,378 new Covid-19 infections on Saturday, the highest single-day jump in cases so far. This was the fifth peak in daily cases in as many days, taking the country’s total coronavirus count to just short of the 1.3 lakh mark, barely five days after the caseload crossed 1 lakh.
India has so far reported 1,29,539 Covid cases, as per data from state governments. The day’s death toll was reported at 144, the seventh straight day when more than 130 people have succumbed to the infection, taking the total toll to 3,870.
The surge in cases on Saturday came even as Maharashtra reported a slight dip in numbers at 2,608, down from 2,940 on Friday. Several states that aren’t among the worst-hit reported a record surge, including Karnataka (216) and Uttarakhand (92).
At the same time, the numbers remained high in Tamil Nadu (759 new cases), Delhi (591), Madhya Pradesh (282, including 75 from Indore reported around midnight), Rajasthan (248), UP (282) and Bihar (228).
As many as 27 states reported corona cases during the day, an indication of the spread of the virus in the country. These included the first Covid positive case detected in Sikkim, the only state/UT that had remained free of the virus so far.
For the seventh day in a row, Maharashtra continued to report over 2,000 cases per day. On Saturday, it added 2,608 cases, its second highest addition in a day, with Mumbai accounting for 1,566 cases. The total cases in the state on Saturday were 47,190, of which Mumbai’s caseload stood at 28,634.
The state reported 60 deaths on Saturday, of which 42 occurred in the last 24-hours — 40 in Mumbai — and the remaining 18 were deaths from the last 15 days. The total deaths in the state as on Saturday were 1,577.