India on a limb: 4K Covid-19 cases in a day, tally crosses 67k

New Delhi, May 11: India reported 4,213 coronavirus cases in a span of 24 hours, the health ministry said—a development that makes it the highest single-day rise of infection that took the country’s COVID-19 tally to 67,152.

Health ministry officials said in their evening update that India reported 98 more deaths, taking the country’s death toll from COVID-19 to 2,201. The country also reported 1,559 recoveries in a day. Officials said 20,917 patients had been cured so far—putting India’s recovery rate at 35.1 per cent.

The rising rate of infections prompted authorities to urge people with symptoms to “come forward to report so that they don’t spread infection to others”.

“Aarogya Setu mobile app has contributed significantly in India’s fight against COVID-19,” Ajay Sawhney, chairman of the Empowered Group 9 who also addressed the press briefing, said.

The new record breaking rise in COVID cases comes just a week ahead of the expiry of Lockdown 3 deadline on May 17.

Worried over the sudden spike, the central government issued two video messages on Monday. The videos feature actor Amitabh Bachchan who asks people not to ignore three key symptoms of COVID-19—fever, cough, short breath—and not to stigmatise patients.

In Maharashtra, the Covid-19 cases mounted to 22,171, followed by Gujarat that has 8,194 cases and Tamil Nadu reporting 7,204 cases so far.

The state of Maharashtra has also reported the highest number of deaths, at least 832, which is followed by Gujarat (493) and Madhya Pradesh (215).

At least 6,923 people in the national capital have been infected with the highly contagious Coronavirus.

States which have reported more than 3,000 cases are Rajasthan (3,814), Madhya Pradesh(3,614) and Uttar Pradesh (3,467).