India would soon join the group of most affected countries’ list for COVID pandemic as its confirmed cases have already crossed 78,000 and going by the rising number of new cases being reported from states like Maharashra, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat, it would touch the 80,000 mark in a day.
The country is already in the list of 12 worst-hit countries, including the US, Italy and Spain, those have reported more than 75,000 positive cases. One third of the total 78,149 cases in India was reported in Maharashtra (25,922) as on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, there were more than 3,780 cases added to the country’s coronavirus disease count. Of this, about a half was in Maharashtra alone. The state reported 1,495 new cases on Wednesday. While, other states such as Tamil Nadu (509 new cases), Gujarat (364), Delhi (359), Rajasthan (202) and Madhya Pradesh (187) continued reporting rising numbers.
With an additional 122 fatalities on Wednesday, the Covid death toll in the country has risen to 2,549. Delhi alone reported 20 new deaths on Wednesday taking its toll to 100. Wednesday’s death toll across India was 140, second-highest till date. With Maharashtra reporting a fatality as high as 54 on Wednesday, its overall death toll (975) is getting closer to 1,000 mark.
While the return of migrant labourers to home states has started, many states including Odisha, Bihar have started reported increasing number of cases, leading to a second wave of infection. Meanwhile, Maharashtra government has requested the central government to send 20 companies of Central Armed Police Forces personnel to assist the overburdened Maharashtra police.
Worldwide, 4,429,883 people have been infected by coronavirus as of today, and the total number of deaths from the disease now stands at 298,059.