With 254 casualties – India’s second highest single-day toll (the highest was 270 on May 29)– the country continued to breach the 200-mark for the sixth consecutive day even as the number of fresh Covid-19 cases reached a new high in Delhi (1,513), Tamil Nadu (1,286), Gujarat (485) and Andhra Pradesh (180).
With a record 122 deaths, Maharashtra alone accounted for 48% of the country’s casualties on Wednesday, followed by Delhi (50 deaths), Gujarat (30), Tamil Nadu (11) and Bengal (10).
Maharashtra’s toll surpassed the 2,500 mark to reach 2,587. The state government claimed that the rate of increase of cases has nearly halved from 7.76% on May 1 to 4.15% on June 1 even as 2,560 new cases were added on Wednesday, taking the overall case count to 74,860. Public health minister Rajesh Tope said the rate of increase in cases has come down to less than the national average of 4.74%. “This proves that the rate of spread of Covid-19 is slowing down in the state,” the public health department said in its statement.
While the number of total cases in the country rose to 2,09,468, on the positive side, 1,03,984 of them or 49.6% have recovered.
Gujarat registered a record 485 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total to 18,117 even as 30 more patients died, bringing the state toll to 1,122. However, on the positive side, Ahmedabad pipped Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai by registering a recovery rate of 71%. Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) said out of 12,525 Covid-19 positive patients recorded till Tuesday, 8,889 or 71% have got discharged. “The recovery rate has improved from 17% in the first week of May to 71% in the first week of June,” said an official.
The surge in Tamil Nadu figures continued with 1,286 fresh cases, taking the state’s tally to 25,872. With 11 more deaths, the toll crossed the 200 mark and reached 208.
Delhi also reached a grim record by crossing the 600 mark by registering 50 more deaths, taking the state’s toll to 606.
Rajasthan reported six more deaths, taking the state toll to 209, even as 279 fresh cases were recorded on Wednesday. With 100 deaths, state capital Jaipur alone accounts for 48% of the casualties. In a worrying development, eight more employees of the state’s biggest government medical facility, SMS Hospital, tested positive on Wednesday, taking the total number of employees infected with the virus in the last 48 hours to 21. Not only the staff of SMS hospital, but such cases were also reported from Kanwatia hospital, JK Lon hospital and Mahila Chikitsalaya. Madhya Pradesh recorded seven more deaths, taking the toll to 371.
Andhra reported four more deaths, taking the toll to 68, even as the state recorded 180 fresh cases, highest in a day. A majority of those who tested positive were linked to people who returned from other states. Seven foreign returnees also tested positive.
The neighbouring Telugu state of Telangana reported seven more deaths, the highest single-day casualty even as 129 more persons tested positive for the deadly virus. Health authorities said they are worried as many hospitals have reported serious cases. “The number of patients in the ICU has been on the rise. Currently, over 170 patients are in ICU in various designated Covid-19 hospitals,” said a senior official from the state health department.
In Uttar Pradesh, after recording two biggest spikes of 300-plus cases in less than a week, the state’s tally nosedived on Wednesday with just 141 new cases in the last 24 hours. Only one casualty was reported on Wednesday.
Even as Assam recorded 111 fresh cases, taking the total number of positive cases to 1672, the state’s recovery rate improved from 14% to 24% in just three days. As many as 76 patients were discharged from hospitals on Wednesday, taking the recovery count to 413.