The third worst-hit country in the world by the pandemic, India has been reporting the highest number of daily Covid cases for the last 17 days, according to the data by the World Health Organization. India has logged the highest number of Covid patients in the world after the United States, the epicentre of the pandemic with 55.73 lakh cases and Brazil, which has recorded 35.01 lakh cases, about six lakh more than India.
Over 61 per cent of new cases and 75 per cent of total deaths in the last 24 hours have been recorded from five states, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.
Today’s spike comes after India reported the biggest single-day jump of over 69,000 cases on Thursday morning. The country has taken about eight months to cross 29 lakh cases; the first coronavirus patient was registered from Kerala on January 30.
Maharashta, the country’s worst-affected state by the outbreak, recorded its biggest single day jump of over 14,000 cases on Thursday, which took its tally to 6,43,289.
India has tested over 3.3 crore samples so far; 8.05 lakh samples were tested since yesterday. The positivity rate, which is an indicator of the prevalence of the disease, stood at 8.54 per cent this morning.
Meanwhile in Punjab, a daily night curfew, from 7 PM to 5 AM, and a weekend lockdown in all 167 cities and towns in the state has been declared, starting Friday, as part of a strict response to the worrying surge in Covid cases.
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Twenty nine per cent of Delhi’s population has been exposed to coronavirus, according to the latest sero survey in national capital Delhi. The coronavirus pandemic may have driven as many as 100 million people back into extreme poverty, World Bank President David Malpass has warned. Worldwide, over 2.26 crore people have been affected by the pandemic so far while more than 7.93 lakh have died.