Sharp rise in daily deaths, but active cases may dip below 8L

NEW DELHI: India’s active cases of Covid-19 were poised to fall below the 8 lakh mark, even as the daily death toll from the virus rose to a five-day high on Thursday.
As many as 845 fatalities were reported during the day, a sharp rise from a toll of 689 on Wednesday and the highest since 917 deaths were recorded on October 10. The rise was mainly on account of Maharashtra reporting 337 deaths, a big spike from 158 on the previous day. The national coronavirus death toll stood at 1,12,102.
The country recorded 64,237 fresh coronavirus cases on Thursday, taking the total count to 73,61,870, as per data collated by TOI from state governments. The daily number has stayed below 70,000 for the past five days.
Meanwhile, active cases of Covid-19 fell to around 8,03,000, down nearly 9,000 from Wednesday’s tally, continuing its steady decline from a high of over 10 lakh in mid-September. The number is likely to fall below the 8-lakh mark on Friday. Amid a general decline in fresh cases in most states, Bengal reported its highest single-day count so far of 3,720 infections. Cases were on the rise in Delhi as well, with the capital reporting 3,483 new infections on Thursday, up from 3,036 two days earlier.
For the second day in a row, Maharashtra added over 10,000 cases of Covid-19, but recorded more than double the number of fatalities as compared to Wednesday. Maharashtra reported 10,226 new cases and 337 deaths on Thursday, taking the caseload to 15,64,615 and death toll to 41,196 on Thursday. The state had reported 158 Covid fatalities on Wednesday.
Bengal’s Covid tally climbed to 3,09,417 on Thursday with its highest single-day spike of fresh cases.Karnataka recorded 8,477 fresh cases and 85 related fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 7.43 lakh and the toll to 10,283, the health department said on Thursday.

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