The growth rate of 3.6% for one lakh cases on June 26 — when India breached the half-million mark — fell to 3.5% on Wednesday. Similarly, the growth rate of fatalities dropped from 2.9% to 2.6% in the same period.
After a gap of two days, fresh cases breached the 19,000-mark once again with 19,684 patients testing positive for the virus, taking the country’s caseload to 6,05,068. However, daily fatalities on Wednesday dropped to 434 from the second-highest peak of 510 recorded the previous day. India’s cumulative death toll has risen to 17,837.
On the positive side, 3,59,671 people have recovered from the virus.
Maharashtra saw the second-highest surge in daily cases with 5,537 patients testing positive for the virus, taking the state’s caseload to 1,80,298. The highest single-day peak was recorded on June 27 with 6,328 cases. The state breached the 8,000-mark with 198 fresh deaths, pushing the cumulative toll to 8,053. Though there was a significant jump in new cases in Mumbai with 1,487 patients testing positive, at 75 deaths, the city recorded the lowest toll in the last seven days.
Delhi recorded a marginal increase with 2,442 patients testing positive, compared to 2,199 on Tuesday, taking the state’s caseload to 89,802. With 61 more people succumbing to the virus, the state’s toll rose to 2,803.
Tamil Nadu recorded 3,882 fresh cases and 63 fatalities, taking the cumulative death toll to 1,264. While the state’s hotspot, Chennai, recorded 2,182 new cases, epidemiologists said the growth of the contagion in other districts is increasing even more rapidly. Of the total 94,049 cases in the state, only 39,856 people are still under treatment.
Gujarat added 675 fresh cases on Wednesday — which saw its fifth daily peak in the last six days — taking the caseload beyond the 33,000-mark to 33,318. With 21 more deaths, the toll rose to 1,869. A whopping 88.4% of the total deaths were recorded in May and June.
Telangana recorded its second-highest daily peak with 1,018 cases, taking the state’s caseload to 17,357. The highest peak was witnessed on June 27 with 1,087 cases. With seven more deaths, the state’s toll rose to 267.
Neighbouring Andhra Pradesh crossed the 15,000-mark with 657 more cases, taking the state’s caseload to 15,252. With six more deaths, the toll rose to 193. The last 5,000 cases were detected in last one week.