India reports 7,240 new Covid cases, nearly 40% jumping for second straight day

India has 3,641 active cases of the virus infection.

New Delhi:

India on Thursday reported 7,240 new coronavirus cases, nearly 40 percent more than a day ago, when infections surged in states like Maharashtra and Kerala. This is the highest increase in the number of daily cases since March 2. On Wednesday, India saw daily COVID cases rise by almost 41 percent as the country recorded 5,233 infections.

Daily coronavirus infections in India surpassed 5,000 after 94 days (yesterday the country reported 5,233 cases), bringing the total number of active cases to 32,498, according to the Union Health Ministry. According to the government, the country has 3,641 active cases of the virus infection.

The daily positivity rate over the past 24 hours was 1.31 percent, while the weekly positivity rate was 2.13, the health ministry said.

The number of deaths rose to 5,24,723 with eight new deaths, government data updated at 8am showed. India has reported 4.31 million Covid cases since the pandemic began.

On Wednesday, Maharastra reported 2,701 new cases, the highest number of infections since Jan. 25. At least 42 percent of the infections were reported from Mumbai. The western state has reported a case of a BA5 variant.

Kerala reported 2,271 new cases in the past 24 hours. The southern state has reported 10,805 new infections in a week.

India’s COVID-19 balance sheet had crossed the 20 lakh mark on 7 August 2020, 30 lakh on 23 August, 40 lakh on 5 September and 50 lakh on 16 September.

It went above 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, surpassed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one crore mark on December 19.

The country passed the somber milestone of two million on May 4th and three million on June 23rd last year.

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