As the country’s Covid-19 count continued to surge, India overtook Iran on Sunday in total recorded cases of the coronavirus to take the 10th spot among nations worst-hit by the pandemic.
New cases reported in the past 24 hours spiralled to 6,566, the highest single-day rise so far and the sixth peak in daily cases in as many days, even as the day’s death toll rose to 153.
Coronavirus cases in India saw the biggest spike in Covid-19 positive cases for the third consecutive day on Sunday with 6,767 new infections reported in the last 24 hours beginning Saturday.
With a total of 6,767 new coronavirus cases, the nationwide tally mounted to 131,868, while the death toll due to the disease rose to 3,867 with 147 more fatalities.
The state of Maharashtra continues to be worst-affected in the country as it recorded over 3,000 cases on Sunday, taking the state tally to over 50,000. With 58 deaths due to the pandemic reported during the day, the death toll in the state rose to 1635.
Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray hinted at a possible extension of lockdown in the state after May 31, saying that it was wrong to impose the lockdown suddenly and that it cannot be lifted all at once.
Experts in India believe that the research for a vaccine for coronavirus in the country is still at a nascent stage and any concrete breakthrough is not likely within a year. The US on Monday morning reported a rise of 638 casualties.