The massive spike in infections comes as the country battles a severe second wave of the pandemic, which has crippled the healthcare system and prompted the Centre to expedite the nationwide vaccination programme.
“This second corona wave came like a storm,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi acknowledged in his address to the nation on Tuesday.
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Here’s understanding India’s Covid situation in 10 charts:
India’s new cases second highest ever recorded globally
A total of 2,95,041 fresh infections were registered in a span of 24 hours, pushing India’s total tally of Covid-19 cases to 1,56,16,130 while the active cases crossed the 21-lakh mark, the data updated at 8 am showed.
It was the second highest daily case count ever recorded by any country since the outbreak of the pandemic.
Positivity rates on Tuesday also remained very high at 19% nationally, indicating that the daily tally may cross 3 lakh soon.
This has also been the fastest addition of one million cases by India since the beginning of the pandemic.
It took India only four days to take its total tally of Covid-19 cases from 14 to 15 million.
The previous addition of one million cases took 6 days. This shows how rapidly the infections are spreading across the country.
Second worst-hit country
India, with over 15.6 crore total cases, is currently the second worst Covid-hit country in the world after the US.
With over 30.2 crore total infections, the US is well ahead of India while Brazil has just over 14 crore cases.
However, India is currently reporting way more cases than both the US and Brazil combined. On Wednesday, India’s case count was over twice the figures of both US and Brazil put together.
Ten states constituted 76% of the new cases reported on Wednesday with Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka and Kerala recording the highest new cases in the last 24 hours.
The new infections, which were largely restricted to Maharashtra over a month ago, are now spreading rapidly to other parts of the country as well.
UP, the most populous state in the country, is now reporting the second highest figures every day. Delhi is not too far behind with over 28,000 cases in the last 24 hours.
Delhi’s positivity rate was over 32%, higher than 25% in states such as West Bengal, and over 20% in Maharashtra and Jharkhand.
Meanwhile, India’s death toll increased to 1,82,553 on Wednesday with a record of 2,023 daily fatalities reported in the last 24 hours.
Out of 2,023 new deaths reported, Maharashtra saw the highest number of fatalities at 519 followed by Delhi (277) Chhattisgarh (191).
Active cases surging too but recoveries on a decline
With an unprecedented rise in cases, India’s active caseload has now shot past the 2.1-million mark.
The active cases have now increased to 21,57,538, comprising 13.82 per cent of the total infections.
Moreover, the national Covid-19 recovery rate dropped to 85.01 per cent. With this, India’s recovery rate has registered a downward trajectory for 10 days in a row.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease rose to 1,32,76,039, while the case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.17 per cent, the data showed.
Over 13 crore jabs administered
Besides various restrictions or lockdowns imposed by different state governments, India is fighting the second Covid wave with its largescale vaccination programme.
According to the government data, nearly 30 lakh people were vaccinated in the last 24 hours, taking the total inoculation count past the 13-crore mark.
India has decided to widen its immunisation drive by including all those above the age of 18 under the vaccination ambit from May 1. Currently, only those over the age of 45 are eligible for vaccination.