NEW DELHI: India crossed the 21-lakh mark in Covid cases on Wednesday on the back of the highest single-day surge in fresh infections — crossing the 65,000-mark for the first time — even as two more Union ministers, Kailash Choudhary and Arjun Meghwal, tested positive.
Union home minister Amit Shah and petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan had earlier tested positive.
With 65,410 fresh cases, India’s caseload jumped to 21,50,431, registering more than 60,000 new infections for the third consecutive day. The previous single-day peak, at 62,482 cases, was recorded on Thursday. However, for the first time after three days, the toll at 884 on Saturday was less than 900 on Saturday even as the cumulative deaths crossed the 43,000-mark to reach 43,397.
Maharashtra recorded its highest single-day surge in fresh cases at 12,822, becoming the only state in the country to cross the 12,000-mark, as the total caseload went up to 5,03,084. The previous single-day high was recorded on August 6 with 11,514 cases. However, for the first time after four days of registering more than 300 deaths every day, Maharashtra’s single-day toll was at 275.
However, after registering less than 1,000 cases for two consecutive days, fresh infections rose sharply in Mumbai with 1,300 people testing positive on Saturday. The last time Mumbai had touched the mark was on July 22 when 1,310 fresh infections were recorded. The city also recorded a rise in daily toll with 58 deaths.
Like Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, too, continued to record more than 10,000 cases with 10,080 patients testing positive. With 97 deaths, the state’s cumulative toll rose to 1,939.
Besides Maharashtra, at least six states registered the highest single-day Covid peak — Karnataka (7,178 cases), Uttar Pradesh (4,800), Telangana (2,256), Kerala (1,420), Rajasthan (1,171) and Bihar (3,992).
Karnataka crossed the 7,000 mark for the first time. The state also crossed the 3,000-mark in fatalities with 93 fresh deaths taking the toll to 3,091.
Tamil Nadu recorded a triple-digit toll for the sixth day as 118 fresh deaths took the state’s cumulative fatalities to 4,808. The state added 5,883 fresh cases, taking the caseload to 2,90,907, even as the number of fresh cases in Chennai continued to fall below 1,000 for the second consecutive day in the last 53 days.
Another southern metro, Hyderabad, too registered a drop with the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation area reporting less than 500 fresh infections in a day for the first time in more than two and a half months.
Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal crossed the 2,000-mark in fatalities — 47 deaths in the former taking the cumulative toll to 2,028 and 51 fresh deaths taking UP’s toll to 2,005.



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