India sees highest single-day spike of nearly 70k cases; tally crosses 28 lakh mark

India registered a record number of fresh Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, with the highest single-day spike of 69,652 cases. The country’s tally crossed the 28-lakh mark with 6,86,395 active cases and the death toll stands at 53,866 deaths.

Over 20.96 lakh people have recovered from COVID-19, taking the recovery rate to 73.90 per cent. The number of deaths climbed to 53,866 with 977 people dying of the disease in a span of 24 hours. India has reported the highest number of deaths for second straight day.

The daily death toll from the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in India crossed the 1,000-mark for the third time in the last 10 days as the country reported 1,103 fatalities on Tuesday.

Before Tuesday, daily deaths in the country have crossed the 1,000-mark four times – 2,004 fatalities were recorded on June 16, 1,130 on July 22, 1,018 on August 9 and 1,010 on August 13.

Maharashtra accounts for the maximum of cases (6,28,642), followed by Tamil Nadu (3,55,449), Andhra Pradesh (3,16,003), Karnataka (2,49,590), Uttar Pradesh (1,67,510) and Delhi (1,56,139).

Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh are the five states which reported the highest number of Covid cases in the last 24 hours.

Kerala and Uttar Pradesh are not the only states tracing contacts of Covid positive patients with the help of their call detail records (CDRs). At least six other states are using or have taken this route earlier to contain the spread, while some are mulling using this method. Other states are using it for various reasons — from tracing contacts of patients not willing to reveal contact history to those who went missing after testing positive.

The country also achieved another milestone when more than eight lakh samples were tested for Covid-19 for the second consecutive day in a row, according to the health ministry. This took the cumulative tests to 3,17,42,782, it added.