India hits another record one-day spike with 126k cases
Siliguri, India: India's unstoppable Covid sprint hets yet another record, after over 126k new cases were registered from around the country in one day, which is also the highest number of cases recorded since the pandemic began.
India witnessed the surge in cases as the global course of the pandemic takes a shift towards the worst with more cases turning up from nations worldwide.
In the last 24-hours, 680 patients died in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 1,66,912. The nationwide tally went past 12.9 million cases, the health ministry said in an update.
The Health Ministry had reported 1,28,01,785 COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday morning, including 1,66,177 deaths, 8,43,473 active cases, and 1,17,92,135 recoveries.
According to data compiled from state/UT statistics, until Wednesday night, India had reported 1,29,26,061 cases and 1,66,912 deaths. More than 11.8 million people have recovered.
In India, 8,83,72,277 vaccine doses were administered until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, with 13,14,623 doses administered on the day.
Maharashtra, India's worst-affected state, has continued to report a high daily positivity rate in coronavirus infections.
The state has had over 59k people testing positive for the virus on Wednesday, roughly over 5k more than the previous day.
Health experts in India and abroad have opined a lax public attitude towards the virus-related restrictions and the alarming spread of new strains to be the reason behind the growth of new cases hitting records.
Meanwhile, new cases also sprouted in states like Karnataka with 6,976 new cases and Punjab with 2,997 new cases.
In Delhi, 5,506 more people tested positive. With 90,201 tests performed on Wednesday, the daily positivity rate was 6.1 percent.
Maharashtra continues to remain India's worst-hit, followed by Kerela, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, and Uttar Pradesh.
COVID-19 situation continues to remain grim globally. As per Johns Hopkins' tally, 133,116,310 people all-total has tested positive for the novel coronavirus around the world. Brazil has the world's second-highest caseload, dwarfed only by the US.
India is placed third in terms of the most number of cases.