2,72,810 new cases and 1,619 deaths reported in India

India reported 2,73,810 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, as per the data updated by the health ministry. The highest one-day surge so far took India’s Covid caseload past the 1.5 crore mark. 1,619 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours.

After America, India is the only other country that has crossed this level of cumulative cases. On Sunday, Maharashtra saw its highest single-day addition of positive cases ever at 68,631, pushing the state’s overall total to 38,39,338. Over 500 coronavirus deaths were reported on Sunday, the highest seen on a single day after seven months and for the first time in the second wave.

For the fourth consecutive day, India added more than 2 lakh daily cases to its overall tally. This week alone saw the net addition of 15 lakh which is 10% of India’s total Covid-19 tally. The rise in cases has been exponential in the past one week as the 15 lakh cases added between April-11 and April-18 is more than 14.5 lakh cases added in the last two months (February and March) put together.