After having risen for four straight days, India’s daily case count dropped marginally on Saturday even as three states reported their highest single-day tallies so far and the virus continued to surge in several other states.
India reported 45,397 new cases on Saturday, down slightly from the previous day’s count of 46,328, as per data collated from state governments. The day’s death toll, at 500, had also reduced from the previous three days’ numbers, all above 560. With this, the country’s total caseload rose to 90,95,398 while the overall toll stood at 1,33,211.
Rajasthan, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh posted their highest daily addition of cases, with the tally crossing 3,000 in Rajasthan for the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic. The state recorded 3,007 infections while Gujarat logged 1,515 cases. Himachal Pradesh, too, was in the midst of a huge Covid-19 surge with 915 cases reported from the hill state in the past 24 hours.
Cases were spiking in Madhya Pradesh as well, with the state reporting 1,700 fresh infections, the highest daily count since October 14. In Chhattisgarh, 2,284 new cases were recorded, the highest in the state since October 23. Haryana reported 2,666 cases, a slight drop from the record 3,104 recorded on Friday. Active cases rose by nearly 500 on Saturday. This was just the second time since October 1 that the count had registered a net rise in a day.
In Maharashtra, a gentle surge in the daily number of Covid-19 cases was apparent across the state as well as in capital Mumbai for the fourth day in a row. A total of 5,760 cases and 62 deaths were reported on Saturday, taking the state’s total caseload to 17,74,455 and fatalities to 46,573. The fatalities dropped by 60% from 155 on Friday to 62. The drop in fatalities was due to delay in uploading data by many districts, senior officials said. While the average number of cases in Mumbai was between 500 and 800 last week, cases have shot past 1,000 in the last two days.
Tamil Nadu was among most states where the pandemic continues to decline. Active cases dropped to 12,916 on Saturday as the state set up three committees to oversee preparations for Covid-19 vaccination. The state reported 1,663 new cases and 18 deaths. Andhra Pradesh, meanwhile, reported 1,160 new Covid-19 cases and seven deaths.