India overtakes Brazil with second-highest number of active COVID-19 cases

India overtakes Brazil with second-highest number of active COVID-19 cases

India saw an unprecedented surge in the number of fresh COVID-19 cases and deaths due to infection on Thursday. With 66,037 fresh cases, the case count of the country jumped to 24,594,66 while the death toll rose to 4,8150 with 1,008 more fatalities reported on the day.

India’s active cases continued to rise and now stand at 6,622,17 whilst the total number of recoveries rose to 17,490,99. The country now has the second-highest count of active COVID-19 cases in the world after the US, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University.

Brazil had the second-highest number of active cases until a few days ago. The active cases of Brazil on Thursday was 5,54,356. The US has by far the most active cases in the world at 32,76,125.

The highest single-day cases were reported from Maharashtra on Thursday which reported 11,813 fresh COVID-19 cases taking the caseload to 5,60,126. The state reported 413 COVID-19 fatalities yesterday, as part of the state government’s data-cleaning exercise. Of these 288 deaths were from the last 48 hours, the state said, 74 are from last week and the remaining 51 from a period before that, said the state.

Tamil Nadu reported 5,835 fresh cases taking the case tally to 3,20,355. The state saw 119 deaths on Thursday taking the toll to 5,397.

Assam saw a new surge in the daily COVID cases with 4,593 cases reported on Thursday. Other states that registered their highest single-day caseload included Bengal (2,997), Odisha (1,981), Rajasthan (1,264), Kerala (1,564), Madhya Pradesh (1,014) and Goa (570).