COVID-19 update: India sees single-day surge of 24,879 cases
The death toll in the country has climbed to 21,129 with 487 new fatalities.
Taking India's COVID-19 caseload to 7,67,296, the country has recorded a single-day surge of 24,879 coronavirus infections. The death toll in the country has climbed to 21,129 with 487 new fatalities, according to the Union Health Ministry data.
"Close to 62.08 per cent of patients have recovered so far," an official said.
While there are 2,69,789 active cases of coronavirus infection presently in the country, the number of recoveries stands at 4,76,377, updated data at 8 am showed.
However, the lack of adequate testing in many states, experts say, could have an effect on the actual number of cases.
Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit state, while Tamil Nadu and Delhi also have over one lakh cases each. South Indian states have also been witnessing a rise in infections with Karnataka and Telangana rapidly inching toward the 30,000-mark.
In Telangana, in particular, the lack of testing was taken up by the High Court which directed the government to ramp up testing or be held in contempt of court. With close to 2,000 cases on Wednesday, the state government is under tremendous pressure to get a grip on the situation.
Most recently, adding to the plethora of studies pointing at a further peak in COVID-19 cases, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has projected that India will witness 2.87 lakh coronavirus cases per day by the end of winter 2021 in the absence of a Covid-19 vaccine or drug intervention. The MIT study, however, also specified that the projections should be interpreted as indicators of potential risk and not precise predictions of future cases.
Of the 487 deaths in the last 24 hours, 198 are from Maharashtra, 64 from Tamil Nadu, 54 from Karnataka, 48 from Delhi, 23 from West Bengal, 18 from Uttar Pradesh, 16 from Gujarat, 12 from Andhra Pradesh, 11 from Telangana, 10 from Rajasthan, seven from Madhya Pradesh, six each from Jammu and Kashmir and Odisha, three each from Bihar, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Haryana and two from Assam.
Globally, the novel coronavirus has infected over 12 million and killed over 5.45 lakh. The United States continues to remain the worst affected followed by Brazil. With the surge in numbers, India remains to be the third-most affected country in the world.
Speaking about the surge in number of cases, Dr Michael Ryan, emergencies chief of the WHO, said the rise in cases was not due to widespread testing, but because the epidemic was “accelerating”.
(With PTI inputs)