India’s daily Covid count soared by 103,558 on Monday, the biggest such daily increase, data from the health ministry showed. The country added 478 new deaths, raising the total to 165,101.
India is now only the second country after the US to record a six-figure addition in infections in a single day.
According to the Union health ministry data, there are currently 7,41,830 active cases across the country, while 1,16,82,136 patients have been discharged so far, with 52,847 discharges reported in the last 24 hours.
The recent spurt in Covid infections is more rapid than the previous wave in September-October last year. During the first wave, it took 32 days for the cases to rise from 18,000 to 50,000.
With this, the second wave of the pandemic in India, which started just around 52 days ago, has already seen a higher peak in cases than the first wave.
Of the 103,558 cases India counted on Sunday, Maharashtra breached the 50,000 mark in daily cases for the first time on Sunday. Mumbai’s tally was also at an all-time high of 11,206. Maharashtra total case count went past the 3 million mark, nearly three-times higher than the next worst-hit state, Kerala.
The state government has issued a slew of new restrictions, including night curfews, weekend lockdowns and daytime prohibitions, to control the spread of the disease.
Meanwhile, Delhi, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh reported more than 4,000 cases each on the same day, while Chhattisgarh registered over 5,000 cases for a second day.
Prime Minister Modi chaired a high-level review meeting on Sunday, and ordered officials to send teams of experts to Maharashtra, Punjab and Chhattisgarh, the three states worst-hit in terms of mortality over the last two weeks.