India recorded its biggest surge in the number of coronavirus cases in 24 hours for a second consecutive day with 16,922 new patients, taking the total to 4.73 lakh cases, the Union Health Ministry said this morning. This is the first time that more than 16,000 fresh infections have been reported in a single day. The government on Wednesday recorded a single-day high of 15,968 new infections. The world faces a shortage of oxygen concentrators as the number of worldwide cases of coronavirus infection nears the 10 million-mark, the World Health Organization head said on Wednesday.
Five states in India- Maharashtra, Delhi, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh – have reported over 80 per cent of deaths in the country linked to coronavirus. While Maharashtra, the worst-hit state, has reported 6,739 deaths, a total of 2,365 patients have died in Delhi, which has the second highest number of coronavirus cases.
total cases, 2,71,697 patients have recovered; 14,894 have died so far. In the last 24 hours, 418 deaths linked to the highly infectious illness were registered. The recovery rate stood at 57.42 percent this morning.
India’s average positivity rate – – ratio of positive cases to the number of tests conducted – stood at 8.14 percent this morning. Maharashtra’s positivity rate is 17.34 percent , however, the recovery rate is about 50 percent.
Worldwide, over 94 lakh patients have been reported since the origin of the outbreak in China in December. Over 4.8 lakh people have died. The United States- epicentre of the pandemic – has reported 23 lakh cases and 1.2 lakh deaths.