India registered a record single-day spike with 95,735 Covid-19 cases and the highest death toll per day of 1,172 fatalities reported in 24 hours on Wednesday. The Covid tally in India rose to 44,65,863 with the total death toll reaching 75,063 according to latest data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The number of recoveries stood at a cumulative 3,471,783 with 72,939 people recovering in the last 24 hours.
A few days ago, India became the country with the second highest number of cases after the United States, which has over 6.38 million cases currently. However, in terms of deaths due to Covid-19, India ranks third after the US and Brazil. There are over 27.7 million cases of Covid-19 across the world, and 902,468 deaths so far, according to a Reuters tally.
Maharashtra is the most affected state in the country, which recorded 23,577 cases in 24 hours. The state also registered the highest number of deaths with 380 fatalities. Delhi saw a record surge with over 4,000 cases on Wednesday. This comes even as Delhi Metro services are being expanded across several lines. After a month-long decline in July, Delhi is again seeing a surge in cases. Experts maintain that it is important to focus on wearing masks and washing hands regularly to ensure cases don’t spiral out of control due to Metro services.
The Union Health Ministry official informed that the recovery rate in the country is 77.7% with the death rate dropping to 1.6%. As per government data, 11.29 lakh samples were tested in the last 24 hours.
AIIMS director Randeep Guleria recently said some states are showing signs of the second wave of infection. This is possible due to community transmission in some pockets including the 5 states which account for almost 70 per cent of the active cases.