India reported 50,554 new infections on Wednesday, the first time in a week that the count had crossed 50,000, as per TOI’s data collated from state governments. This was the fourth successive day when the daily count was slightly higher than the corresponding day of the previous week, pointing to growing signs of a flattening of the Covid curve that had been falling sharply for the past seven weeks.
Covid-related deaths recorded during the day spiked to 713, mainly on account of 300 fatalities reported in Maharashtra. The last time India reported over 700 deaths in a day was on October 21.
Kerala continued to report the highest number of fresh infections in the country, with 8,516 cases detected on Wednesday. Delhi logged its highest single-day count of 6,842 cases and had the second highest tally in the country, followed by Maharashtra with 5,505. Haryana reported 1,952 cases, its highest tally in 40 days, with Gurgaon posting its biggest-ever surge of 611.
Meanwhile, the number of active Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu has dropped by 44% in a fortnight. During this period, the national figure dropped at only half this rate. With 2,504 recovering from the disease on Tuesday, the state now has 19,154 patients undergoing treatment in hospitals and their homes.
The daily infection rate in Tamil Nadu was around the 2,500-mark, taking the state’s Covid-19 tally to 7,34,429. Telangana recorded 1,637 new Covid-19 cases and six deaths, raising the total count of cases to 2,44,143 and the toll to 1,357. So far, 2,24,686 patients have recovered in the state, while the number of active cases in the state has increased to 18,100 now.