Nearly 11.1 lakh Covid-19 cases have been recorded in March, extra than the depend in the earlier two months put together. The month additionally noticed the sharpest rise in day by day cases for the reason that starting of the pandemic, with the seven-day common rising extra than 4-fold, from 15,241 in the beginning of March to 61,859 on the final day.
The seven-day common of day by day cases rose by 46,618 throughout March, greater than throughout another month. Only September, with a development of 37,036 cases, comes shut. In share phrases, May had seen an identical 4-fold enhance in cases however the base was far decrease. In May, common day by day cases had risen from 1,679 to six,980.
Deaths, too, rose throughout March, however in a silver lining to the second Covid wave until now, fatalities haven’t surged as dramatically because the cases. The month noticed 5,755 deaths, extra than double the toll in February (2,767) however only a shade greater than the quantity reported in January (5,453). This might be as a result of of a lag of round 14 days that normally accompanies any spike in infections. Indeed, by the tip of the month, day by day fatalities have been near the numbers witnessed in early December.
Ominously, cases have been nonetheless on the rise in most states in the nation outdoors of the northeast, indicating that the surge might be removed from over.
On Wednesday, when the day by day depend topped the 70,000 mark to a 172-day excessive of 71,586 (as per TOI’s knowledge), a minimum of 12 states registered their highest day by day counts since January or earlier.
Maharashtra posted 39,544 contemporary cases, it is second-highest quantity until date after Sunday’s file tally of 40,414. Chhattisgarh recorded its highest ever depend of 4,563 cases, turning into the fourth state in March to hit its all-time excessive peak.
Gujarat, too, logged its highest depend of 2,360 new infections in the final 24 hours. This was the seventh time in the final 10 days that the state had hit a brand new peak in day by day cases.
Karnataka posted 4,225 cases, the very best since October 25 whereas Madhya Pradesh reported 2,332, the very best since September 23. Tamil Nadu (2,579), Andhra Pradesh (1,184), Bengal (982), Jharkhand (693), Telangana (684), J&Ok (373), Odisha (297) and Goa (200) additionally recorded their highest depend of cases since January or earlier.
Even Kerala, the place the an infection had been receding until round a number of days in the past, reported 2,653 contemporary cases, the very best in 25 days.
Maharashtra recorded as many as 227 deaths in the previous 24 hours, its highest day by day toll since November 5. Fatalities additionally proceed to surge in Punjab (56 deaths), Chhattisgarh (39), Karnataka (26) and Tamil Nadu (19).