NEW DELHI: India has recorded more Covid-19 cases in July so far than in all previous months put together. July’s count crossed 6 lakh on Tuesday, going past the cumulative caseload of 5.9 lakh recorded in the country till June 30. The death toll this month also topped 11,000, accounting for nearly 40% of all fatalities since the pandemic’s outbreak in India.
There were 670 deaths on Tuesday, taking the total to 28,723. India now has the seventh highest Covid-19 toll in the world, having gone past Spain’s count of 28,422 fatalities.
The country reported 38,444 new cases, the second-highest single-day tally so far after the 40,000-plus count on Sunday, as per data collated from state governments. With this, India’s Covid-19 caseload rose to over 11.9 lakh, with 7.5 lakh patients discharged so far and 4.1 lakh active cases.
While Gujarat’s daily tally of cases crossed 1,000 for the first time, Rajasthan reported its highest single-day jump of 983 infections on Tuesday and Tripura recorded a high of 202. Many states registered their second-highest rise in the case count. These included Tamil Nadu (4,965 new cases), Andhra Pradesh (4,944), Uttar Pradesh (2,151), Madhya Pradesh (785) and Punjab (381).
Delhi logged a slight rise in new cases from Monday’s dip below 1,000, recording 1,349 fresh infections and 27 deaths.
For the sixth day in a row, Maharashtra added over 8,000 new Covid-19 cases, underlining the continued spread of the infection, particularly to semi-urban areas now. On Tuesday, the state added 8,369 cases, taking the total tally to 3,27,031. Of this, only 992, or 12%, cases were from Mumbai.
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In a silver lining for Mumbai, it was the fifth time in the past one month when the daily positive cases stayed below 1,000. With the city reporting 992 cases on Tuesday, also lowest in seven days, the total cases in Mumbai were 1,03,368. The lowest infections the city has seen recently was on July 7 when 785 cases were reported.
Andhra Pradesh reported 62 more Covid-19 deaths, the highest single day toll so far and 4,944 new cases on Tuesday in the southern state so far.
While the cumulative coronavirus caseload rose to 58,668, taking Andhra Pradesh to the fifth spot in the country, behind Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Karnataka, the toll has surged to 758.
Tamil Nadu’s Covid-19 numbers remained more or less unchanged for the third day on Tuesday with 4,965 fresh cases, 75 deaths and 50,055 people tested. The state’s death toll is now 2,626 and the total case tally is 1,80,643. With 4,894 people discharged, there are 51,344 active cases.
Chennai continues to be a hotspot with cases hovering at 1,130, but the rest of the state accounts for 77% of the cases.
In Rajasthan, where the focus of the government has been on preventing deaths, 10 districts which have reported 80% of Covid-19 fatalities have become a cause of concern. Though the health department has stepped up testing to prevent mortalities, cases are continuing to surge. On Tuesday, the state reported its biggest single-day spike with 983 cases taking the overall count to 31,373.