Many states report highest single-day spike
NEWDELHI, 5th Jul: A highest single-day surge of nearly 25,000 cases pushed the COVID-19 tally in India to 6,73,165 on Sunday, with states like Assam and Karnataka imposing selective lockdown and tightening restrictions to check the rising infection.
The death toll rose by 613, the highest spike in a day so far, to reach 19,268 in the country.
The states of Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and West Bengal recorded their highest single-day jump in cases.
The worst affected Maharashtra crossed the grim milestone of two lakh COVID-19 cases, Tamil Nadu's tally reached 1.11 lakh and Delhi too was nearing the one lakh mark.
Karnataka has announced a full shutdown barring essential services on Sundays till August 2. Roads wore a deserted look, people stayed indoors and all commercial activities came to a grinding halt on the first such weekly shutdown. The state recorded 1,925 new cases and an aggregate of 23,474.
According to the Johns Hopkins University in the United States, which has been compiling COVID-19 data from all over the world, India is the fourth worst-hit nation by the pandemic after the US, Brazil and Russia and at the eighth position in terms of the death toll due to the disease.
It said the US has reported 28,39,917 and Brazil has 15,77,004 cases. Russia has 6,80,283 cases, the only country among the three which has seen a steady decline in the number of new cases per day.
India's COVID-19 graph, however, was still rising with over 20,000 cases for the third consecutive day and the data showed it was inching closer to Russia.
The country reported 24,850 new cases in a single day, according to the Union government.
Maharashtra's COVID-19 tally rose to 2,06,619 after a single-day spike of 6,555. With the death of 151 more patients, the state's fatality count rose to 8,822, according to state authorities. In the national capital, the 10,000-bed Sardar Patel COVID care centre, touted as "one of the largest" facilities in the world, was inaugurated.
Also, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh along with Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal visited a newly-created temporary hospital with 1,000 beds, including 250 in the ICU, for COVID-19 patients.
The facility has been constructed in just 12 days near the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport on a piece of land belonging to the Ministry of Defence.
The home minister said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is fully committed to helping the people of Delhi in these challenging times and this COVID hospital, yet again, highlights that resolve. According to authorities, the national capital recorded 2,505 fresh coronavirus cases on Sunday, taking the tally to 99, 444 in the city, while the death toll from the disease mounted to 3,067.
Tamil Nadu reported over 4,000 fresh cases for the fourth straight day, taking the tally to 1,11,151, while 60 people succumbed to the virus, pushing the toll to 1,510, the state Health Department said.
AIADMK MLA from Coimbatore tested positive for coronavirus, the fifth ruling party legislator to contract the virus.
Four DMK MLAs, including J Anbazhagan who had died, had also tested positive for COVID-19.
Uttar Pradesh reported a record 1,153 coronavirus cases, pushing the tally to 27,707, while the death toll in the state reached 785 with 12 fresh fatalities, officials said.
Andhra Pradesh recorded a new single day high of 998 fresh COVID-19 cases on Sunday taking the overall tally to 18,697.
In Kerala too, a rise in cases has heightened concern among authorities.
"It's like we are sitting on top of an active volcano which can burst anytime. Just because there has been no community spread till now doesn't mean it will not occur," state tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran said here on Sunday, referring to the COVID-19 situation in capital Thiruvananthapuram.
Surendran said the restrictions in force in containment zones would be tightened.
Kerala on Sunday reported second highest single day rise of 225 COVID-19 cases, including seven jawans of an Army unit in the state, taking the total to 5,429, the government said.
Gujarat reported 725 new coronavirus cases, its highest single-day rise, taking the overall count to 36,123, while in Madhya Pradesh, 326 more people tested positive and its tally rose to 14,930.
Odisha's COVID-19 tally has crossed the 9,000 mark with 469 fresh cases, while two more fatalities due to the infection pushed the death toll to 36, a health department official said.
According to officials, 60.77 per cent of the patients have recovered so far in the country.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a total of 97,89,066 samples were tested for the disease in the country till July 4, with 2,48,934 of those tested on Saturday.