1,000+ Covid fatalities on Sunday, week’s new cases cross 4 lakh | India News

NEW DELHI: India reported more than 1,000 deaths from Covid-19 in a single day for the first time on Sunday, even as the country reported record high numbers for the week, with fresh cases surging past the 4-lakh mark and fatalities crossing 6,000.
Sunday’s toll from the virus was 1,007 while 63,851 fresh cases were reported taking the total tally to 22,14,269, as per data collated from state governments. On the brighter side, recoveries crossed 15 lakh to 15,30,070, accounting for 69% of the caseload. Active cases rose to nearly 6.4 lakh.
The past week was the deadliest yet in India, both in terms of the spread of Covid-19 infections and fatalities. The country recorded nearly 4.1 lakh fresh cases, which is likely to be the highest in any single country for the August 3-9 week (the week’s data from the US and Brazil will come only on Monday morning). In the previous week, India had recorded 3.7 lakh cases. The number was 3.2 lakh in the week before that.
The week’s death toll was 6,279, likely to be the third highest in the world behind fatalities in the US and Brazil. This was a sharp rise of around 15% from the previous week’s toll of 5,345. Daily deaths crossed the 900-mark for the first time during the week before going past 1,000 on Sunday.
The day’s new infections, at over 63,000, were the second highest for a single day so far after Saturday’s count of 65,410, as per TOI’s numbers collated from state government data.
Maharashtra reported 12,248 new cases, again the second highest count after Saturday’s numbers (12,822). Maharashtra, however, reported 390 deaths, the highest by any state in a single day so far. Mumbai’s new cases stood at 1,066 while the city recorded 48 deaths.
Andhra Pradesh reported 97 deaths and 10,820 fresh Covid-19 infections on Sunday, both highest single-day numbers for the state. The state’s death toll went past 2,000 to 2,036. Even as the AP’s mortality rate stands stable at 0.89%, significantly lower than the national average of above 2%, the state has witnessed 687 deaths in August alone. The rise in the death rate has been proportional to the rate of increase in the caseload.
Meanwhile, Vishwas Sarang, a minister in the Madhya Pradesh government, tested positive for the virus. Chief minister Shivraj Chouhan said he would donate plasma to the ailing minister.
In Tamil Nadu, fresh Covid-19 cases remained below 1,000 for the third day in Chennai and the city’s daily death toll dropped to 12 on Sunday, one less than in Coimbatore and Virudhunagar. This is the first time other districts are reporting more deaths than Chennai.
Overall, Tamil Nadu had 5,994 new cases and 119 deaths on Sunday. With 6,020 people getting discharged following treatment, TN has 53,336 active cases — a 6.4 % drop compared to last week.
A health official from Coimbatore said, “We have been witnessing a change in pattern among the patients. During the initial days of the outbreak, most of the patients tested positive for the virus were asymptomatic. But for the past few weeks, we had started witnessing more patients with mild symptoms. The number of patients with symptoms rose from 30% to 40% and of which, at least 10% to 15% were found with high temperature, cough and breathing difficulties.”
Karnataka reported 5,985 fresh Covid-19 cases and 107 deaths due to the infection, with its capital accounting for 1,948 cases and 22 deaths. According to the health and family welfare department, the state has 80,973 active cases as 4,670 patients were discharged on Sunday. While the number of discharges has increased to 93,908, the total tally of the infected is 1,78,087. The toll has touched 3,198. Seventeen of the state’s 30 districts reported more than 100 fresh cases.
Covid-19 cases in Bihar crossed the 79,000-mark on Sunday as 3,934 more people tested positive for the virus in the past 24 hours. With 10 more official deaths, the toll mounted to 429 while the number of positive cases reached up to 79,720. Patna recorded the maximum 786 new cases on Sunday.
The health department claimed to have tested 75,628 samples in the last 24 hours and over 10 lakh so far. Altogether 4,73,734 samples, which is about 40% of the total collected, have been tested between August 1 and 7.

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