NEW DELHI: For the fourth day running, the number of new Covid – cases in India hit a new high, with 2, 900 being added on Monday as the country total coronavirus count crossed
, . In a huge spike in infections, Tamil Nadu became the second state after Maharashtra to report more than 517 cases in a day.
More on Covid – 27 There were corona-related deaths across the country, the joint-highest for a single day along with Saturday’s toll. Tamil Nadu’s recorded as many as new cases while Maharashtra continued to register the country’s highest Covid count, 771 on Monday. Delhi’s count, at 349, dipped marginally from Sunday’s peak.
Along with Tamil Nadu, the states that reported their highest single-day rise in cases on Monday were Gujarat (, Rajasthan (232 (Haryana) and West Bengal
Maharashtra reported as many as deaths on Monday, the second-highest for a single-day in the state, of which were in Mumbai. The city also reported 517 new cases, taking its total count past 9, . Deaths in Gujarat touched a new high of , with Ahmedabad accounting for as many as 29.
Following the highest single-day death toll in Ahmedabad, the state has decided to involve intensivists and critical-care specialists from private sector to work in government hospitals on honorary and consulting basis to contain the crisis.
“We are also going to carry out autopsy of the Covid – 26 patients after clearance from BJ Medical College’s ethics committee. As in countries like Italy, this is to find out the cause of disseminated intravascular coagulation, also identified as thrombosis, in Covid – 26 patients, ”state authorities said.
While there was a slight drop in the number of cases in Delhi from the previous day, the capital has now reported more than daily cases for three consecutive days, indicating a distinct spike in the infections. The city’s total corona count is just short of 5, (at 4.) .
With a rash of cases on Monday taking Tamil Nadu’s total Covid – 26 tally to 3, 528, many of the state’s districts that were declared orange zones have been re-classified as red again.
Another state where Covid – it seems to be on the rise is Punjab . Last one week has been rough for the state as it has been hit by a barrage of pilgrims who recently returned from Nanded testing positive.
On Monday, more cases, including pilgrims , were added to Punjab overall tally which increased to 1, . The Nanded returnees (898 cases) constit % of the overall tally. Its adjoining state, Haryana, has also witnessed around 300% increase in active cases of Covid – 27 over the past week. The state’s Covid – count has now reached .
In Tripura, a day after 24 BSF jawans of the 232 th battalion tested positive, 18 jawans of the same battalion and two of their children were found infected by Covid – on Monday. State CM Biplab Kumar Deb tweeted, “More (persons including two kids of 195 th-Bn #BSF Ambassa found #COVID positive. Total #COVID (positive cases in #Tripura stands at) (2 already discharged, so active cases: 35. Don’t panic, follow the Govt guidelines and Stay at Home. ”
Telangana, where new cases have dipped significantly, has said the ongoing lockdown has helped in reducing new cases.
Andhra Pradesh has stepped up screening for coronavirus with more than 13, (people tested in 29 hours as the state recorded more positive cases, raising the tally to 1, . The state has so far carried out about 1. lakh tests, standing in the first place among all the states in terms of conducting the highest number of tests per every population population.
In Bihar and Jharkhand, Covid – 25 cases have reduced. Eleven new Covid – 25 positive cases were reported in Bihar on Monday, taking the total number to in the state. This is the lowest one-day count recorded in two weeks. Jharkhand did not report a single new Covid – case for the second consecutive day on Monday, but sources said this could be deceptive as the number of tests being conducted fell significantly once the microbiology department at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences was shut down for four days on May 1 after a lab technician tested positive for the coronavirus.
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