Big Jump in Daily Covid Tally, India Records 7,240 New Cases; Maharashtra Among Top Contributors

The single-day rise in new coronavirus infections in the country was recorded over 7,000 after 99 days, registering around 39 per cent jump in daily cases, while the daily positivity rate crossed 2 per cent after 111 days, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday.

India logged 7,240 new Covid-19 cases and eight deaths (including six backlog) in the last 24 hours with the daily positivity rate crossing two percent. This is a big jump from the 5,233 infections and seven fresh fatalities were recorded on Wednesday when the daily positivity rate was recorded at 1.67 per cent and the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 1.12 per cent, according to the ministry.

In a startling increase in daily Covid-19 cases, Maharashtra on Wednesday recorded 2,701 new infections, highest in nearly four months, and zero fatality.

The state had last recorded 2,797 fresh cases on February 17 this year. The active cases stand at 9,806. On Tuesday, Maharashtra had reported 1,881 coronavirus cases, a sizable increase compared to 1,036 infections reported the previous day.

Meanwhile, Mumbai logged its highest single day count since January 26 with 1,765 new Covid-19 cases taking the active caseload in the city to 7,000, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said in its bulletin.

Of the 1,765 new patients, 1,682 are asymptomatic. The remaining 83 symptomatic patients have been admitted to hospitals and 11 of them are on oxygen support, the bulletin said. Out of the 24,598 hospital beds, only 293 are occupied. The recovery rate of Covid-19 patients is 98 per cent.

The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) has reported close to 30 Covid-19 cases over the last three days, an increase from nine cases reported between May 16 and May 22.

Maharashtra’s Thane district has reported 440 new Covid-19 cases, raising its infection count to 7,12,366, an official said on Thursday. These new cases were recorded on Wednesday, a steep rise of more than 100 cases compared to the tally on Tuesday.

Citing an increase in Covid infections, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on June 4 appealed to people to wear masks. “There has been some increase in positive cases in limited cluster areas like Mumbai, Pune, Thane, and Palghar districts, leading to the hike in India’s active cases. Thus, we appeal to the public to wear masks in areas of surge,” said Tope.

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