Covid-19: At over 400, India sees highest daily death toll in current wave – ET HealthWorld

Daily cases of Covid-19 fell marginally from the previous day’s count with around 3.4 lakh fresh infections reported on Friday, but the day’s death toll rose to the highest in the current wave. With data from one state yet to come in, India had recorded 3,36,762 fresh cases on Friday, down from the previous day’s tally of nearly 3.48 lakh, as per TOI’s Covid database.

As many as 407 fatalities from the virus were reported till close to midnight, the highest during the third wave. The previous highest toll was 404 recorded on Wednesday. Maharashtra posted the country’s highest tally of cases on Friday at 48,270, as the infection continued to surge in several parts of the state. The city reported 5,008 fresh infections, the lowest tally this year. By contrast, Pune logged its highest ever single-day addition of 16,618 cases.

The surge continued in Karnataka as the state posted 48,049 new cases, with Bengaluru accounting for 29,068. Kerala, where daily cases had zoomed to 46,387 on Thursday, recorded a slight decline to 41,668 although the positivity rate on Friday remained very high at 43.76%.

Maharashtra also recorded the highest deaths in the country during the day, with 52 fatalities. Fatalities remained high in Delhi (38), Bengal (35), Tamil Nadu and Kerala (33 each). Poll-bound Uttar Pradesh recorded 22 deaths, the highest daily toll in the state in several months.

The downward trend in daily cases continued in Delhi, which posted 10,756 fresh cases, down from Thursday’s tally of 12,306 and a fall of over 60% from the third-wave peak of 28,867 on January 13. Other states where cases were steadily decreasing include Bengal — 9,154 on Friday, down from a peak of 24,287 on January 9 — and Jharkhand, which posted 2,449 cases on Thursday as opposed to a peak of 4,719 on January 11.

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