Indias daily coronavirus cases cross 100,000 mark for first time

Lawrence Kim
April 5, 2021

The daily cases peaked on September 16, 2020, with 97,894 people testing positive for the virus in a single day.

As health officials continue to warn of gatherings in public places, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party leaders continue to hold mammoth rallies in several states where local elections are underway.

India now has a seven-day rolling average of more than 73,000 cases per day and infections in the country are being reported faster than anywhere else in the world. New cases are increasing very rapidly in many states.

The third phase - which began on 1 April - opened amid a sharp uptick in Covid-19 cases.

Among other states, Chhattisgarh discovered more than 5,000 cases for the second straight day, while Punjab slipped to the 3,000-range once again.

"The new variant, or variants of concern, probably explains a lot of it, rather than simplistic explanation of behaviour", said Rajib Dasgupta, head of the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health in New Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University. Nearly every major state has started to report a big rise in numbers. But that's still less than 5% of the population of almost 1.4 billion. More than 7 lakh cases are now active, of which over 4.3 lakh is in Maharashtra alone.

Uttar Pradesh: 6,30,059 total cases, 8,881 deaths, 6,01,440 recoveries. "Of the 14 deaths, eight were reported in Surat, four in Ahmedabad and one each in Amreli and Vadodara". The death toll increased to 1,65,101 with 478 daily new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed. A night curfew remains in effect.

During the review meeting, the Prime Minister was informed that Maharashtra had contributed about 57 per cent of the total number of cases and about 47 per cent of deaths in the last 14 days.

Eight states account for 84.52 per cent of the new deaths.

There has been an alarming surge in Covid-19 cases with 10 States accounting for more than 91 per cent of infections and deaths. Maharashtra alone accounts for almost 58.23 per cent of the total active caseload of the country, the ministry said.

Reuters reports that cases in the country have been surging for the past month as India becomes the third country with the highest number of infections, only following the USA and Brazil.

During the meeting, three broad issues were highlighted as the reason for the spike: severe decline in compliance with Covid-appropriate behaviour primarily in terms of masks; pandemic fatigue; and lack of effective implementation of containment measures.

The variant, described by officials as a "double mutant", had been found in more than 200 samples in the hardest-hit western state of Maharashtra, which is home to India's financial capital of Mumbai.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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