India overtakes China’s Coronavirus numbers


India rose to the 11th spot among countries with the highest number of reported Covid-19 cases, overtaking China’s official count on Friday, as new infections from across the country remained higher than 3,500 for sixth consecutive day.

States reported a total of 3,787 new cases, taking India’s caseload so far to 85,786. China, from where the virus originated, has officially reported 84,031 cases. The day’s death toll was 105, back in three digits after dropping to 99 on Thursday.

Maharashtra, with 1,576 fresh infections, continued to lead the numbers, followed by Tamil Nadu (434), Delhi (425), Gujarat (340) and Rajasthan (213). On the positive side, India hasn’t seen a new peak in daily cases for five days since hitting a high of 4,308 on May 10. That’s almost twice as long as the average over the past month, when daily cases have been touching a new high every three days.

For the 10th day in a row Maharashtra continued to add 1,000 new Covid cases. On Friday, it added 1,576 cases, it’s third highest single-day addition in cases so far. The total number of cases in the state breached the 29,000 mark and was at 29,100 cases.

A day after Maharashtra breached 1,000 deaths, it registered 49 deaths on Friday — the third highest deaths recorded in a single day. With the addition of 933 new cases on Friday, Mumbai recorded its second highest single-day addition, taking its tally to 17,671. As many as 34 of the 49 deaths were recorded in Mumbai.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu’s coronavirus count topped the 10,000 mark on Friday with 434 people testing positive, 309 of them in Chennai. The state’s death toll rose to 71, with five more fatalities. The state’s total cases have jumped from 8,000 to cross 10,108 in just four days, even though the surge has somewhat slowed in the past three days.

Chennai has more than half the cases in the state, 5,946 cases as of Friday.

Delhi continued to show a surge in Covid-19 infections, with the state government announcing 425 new cases, taking the total tally to 8,895. The capital also recorded eight deaths as the toll from the virus mounted to 123. Health officials said the cumulative death figures refer to fatalities where the primary cause of death was found to be Covid-19, as per the report of the death audit committee.

Meanwhile, new cases in Rajasthan hit another high of 213, the third in as many days. Of these, 23 cases from Jaipur. Madhya Pradesh too continued to register a high number of cases, with 187 reported on Friday, with the contribution of Indore remaining high.

In Gujarat, the count of fresh cases has remained largely steady around 350 over the past few days. The state reported 340 on Friday, with the total just short of five-digits at 9,932.

In Odisha and Jharkhand, returning migrants continued to be the main source of infections, with Odisha adding 48 and Jharkhand 12 to their Covid numbers. Jharkhand has reported 100 fresh cases in the 11 days since May 5, when tests results of returning migrants started coming in. the state’s tally of positive cases now stands at 215.

Uttar Pradesh, the main destination of returning migrants, registered 159 new cases, a large number of which were among those who had recently come back to east UP from other states.