1,975 cases in a day, highest spike so far; total count touches 26,917

New Delhi, April 26: The country today saw a major single-day spike with 1,975 Covid cases as compared to yesterday with the total count now touching 26,917.

This is so far the highest single-day spike in infections. Deaths surged to 826, recording 47 additions in a day. The national fatality rate remains stable around 3 per cent. As many as 5,913 patients have been cured so far with the recovery rate soaring to 21.96 per cent today.

The surge in cases comes ahead of the PM’s meeting with Chief Ministers as the Centre is set to flag the gaps in Covid surveillance. The performance of districts and assessment of containment plan will come up during the discussion. “States can make the social distancing norms stricter but they cannot dilute these norms,” the MHA has said already.

Although the case doubling rate of Covid-19 in India is showing improvement and indicating a gradual flattening of the curve, the disease remains mostly concentrated in 129 red zone districts.

This number has reduced from 170 to 129 in the last few days with 15 districts so far reporting no infection in 28 days and 80 districts reporting no case in 14 days.

The Health Ministry will also discuss the testing strategy with the states with a formal decision on the future of rapid test kits expected tomorrow after a meeting with CMs.