Daily infections hold steady, active cases are on rise

Daily infections hold steady, active cases are on rise

Daily cases of the Covid-19 in the country held steady below the 45,000 mark for yet another day, even as the rising trend in active cases continued on Thursday. There were little signs yet of the feared second wave of the pandemic as nationwide cases totalled up to 43,279 on Thursday, a slight drop from Wednesday’s count of 44,739, as per data collated by TOI from state governments. Daily cases have stayed under 45,000 this week, with no surge visible so far as compared to last week’s numbers. With Thursday’s addition, the country’s Covid-19 caseload has gone past 93 lakh.
The death toll too decreased marginally to 485, from 531 reported the previous day, with Delhi continuing to record the highest number of fatalities at 91.
Active cases, however, continued to register a modest rise. The count rose by a little more than 3,000 on Thursday, following an increase of nearly 7,000 a day earlier. Active cases have now risen every day since last Saturday (except for Monday), although the total rise so far has been just over 15,000.
For the first time in over a month, Maharashtra registered the highest tally of fresh cases at 6,406. The last time the state has reported the highest count of daily cases was on October 22. Delhi had the second highest number of 5,475, followed by Kerala (5,378) and Bengal (3,507). This was also the highest single-day addition of cases in Maharashtra since October 28, another indicator of a modest resurgence in the pandemic in the state.
Gujarat reported 1,560 new infections, the highest daily count in the state so far. The virus seemed to be rising in Punjab as well, where 845 fresh cases reported on Thursday were the highest since October 10. Fresh cases were close to their highest levels in Rajasthan (3,180), Madhya Pradesh (1,668) and Himachal Pradesh (931), while numbers seemed to be coming down in Haryana, Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
Every 60 minutes in the past 24 hours, Gujarat added 65 Covid-19 positive cases, taking the tally to a record 1,560. The state has recorded three highest daily tallies since November 21. The state also recorded deaths of 16 positive patients in 24 hours, taking the toll to 3,922. Out of the total, 12 were recorded from Ahmedabad city alone. Surat recorded three deaths and Vadodara one.
Andhra Pradesh recorded 1,031 new Covid-19 positive cases, taking the overall tally to 8,65,705 and eight new deaths. The lowest one-day spike of 21 infections was recorded in Kurnool district, even as the overall toll increased to 6,970.

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