AGENCIES, New Delhi: India saw a record single-day surge in coronavirus cases and the fatalities linked to the highly infectious disease with 96,551 new infections and 1,209 deaths registered in the last 24 hours, taking the tally past 45 lakh, government data showed on Friday.
The latest surge comes a day after the country reported a massive spike of 95,735 new infections. While the country’s tally surged to 45,62,414 on Friday morning, about 35.42 lakh Covid patients have recovered so far. Over 76,000 patients have died.
India may have had 6.4 million coronavirus cases by May, the first national sero-survey conducted by top medical body ICMR has indicated. The survey, published in the Indian Journal of Medical Research, suggests that 0.73 per cent adults in the country were exposed to Covid-19. The survey, carried out from May 11 to June 4, tested blood samples from 28,000 people across 21 states.
India is the second worst-hit nation by the pandemic, which has affected over 2.8 crore people worldwide. The recovery rate stood at 77.76 per cent this morning, while the fatality rate stood at 1.6 per cent.
The positivity rate — an indicator of the prevalence of the disease — was reported to be 8.2 per cent on Friday as compared to Thursday’s 8.4 per cent.
About 5.4 crore samples have been tested so far in the country with a population of about 130 crore. Over 11.6 lakh samples have been tested since yesterday; the highest number of samples — 11,72,179 – were tested on September, the government data shows.
Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh are the worst-hit states in the country.