Sat. Apr 17th, 2021

At 46.3K, fresh Covid cases in India at nine-day highFresh Covid-19 cases spiked to new peaks in two states on Friday — the first time in November that any state reported its highest-ever single-day count — even as the day’s tally of new infections nationally rose to a nine-day high. India reported 46,328 fresh cases on Friday, the highest since November 11, as the trend of rising cases continued for the fifth day running. The day’s death toll was 563, staying above 550 for the third day although the number had reduced from Thursday’s high of 589.

For the second time within the last seven days, active cases in the country did not register a decline on Friday, another sign that the pandemic could be rising again. The count of active cases remained unmoved at 4,45,804 on Friday while it had increased by 346 last Saturday (November 14). That was the first day since October 1 that the count had not registered a decrease, as per TOI’s data based on state government numbers.

Across north and central India, there were signs that the Covid-19 pandemic was surging again post-Diwali. While Haryana (3,104 fresh cases) reported more than 3,000 cases in a day for the first time, Rajasthan too reported its highest ever addition of 2,762 infections. Uttar Pradesh recorded 2,858 fresh cases, the highest since October 17 while Gujarat it’s highest single-day addition of cases since September 25 af 1,420. in Madhya Pradesh, 1,528 infections were detected on Friday, the highest number since October 14.

Delhi, however, saw the daily count of cases reduced from 7,546 on Thursday to 6,608. The capital, however, reported a surge in deaths with 118 patients succumbing to the virus in the last 24 hours. Delhi had reported 98 deaths on the previous day.

For the second day in a row, Maharashtra added more than 5,500 cases of Covid-19 on Friday, with the 5,640 new cases the highest daily detection figure for the month.

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