New Delhi: Punjab reported over 1,000 new infections in a single day Friday for the first time in over three months as active Covid-19 cases in India continued to rise. The state now has the third highest count of active cases in the country.
Meanwhile, India’s R value increased further to 1.06 this week. This means the spread of the infection is increasing once again.
India’s effective reproduction number (R) increased to 1.06 this week from 1.02 last week. The value of R needs to be sustained below 1 for an epidemic to come to an end.
As many as 16,838 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported across the country in the last 24 hours. Maharashtra alone reported over 8,900 new Covid-19 cases.
Active cases in India increased to 1,76,319 Friday. Maharashtra has the highest number of active cases in the country — accounting for nearly 49 per cent of the total active cases. This is followed by Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu.
Number of deaths
In the last 24 hours, 113 people across the country have died of Covid-19, taking the overall death toll to 1,57,548. Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Delhi and West Bengal have recorded the highest number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.
The overall fatality rate for India is now 1.41. Punjab’s case fatality rate (CFR) reduced to 3.17, which is still the highest in the country. Maharashtra’s CFR is 2.39 while that of Sikkim is 2.19.
In the last 24 hours, 7,61,834 Covid-19 tests have been conducted across 1,222 government laboratories and 1,177 private laboratories.
A total of 21,99,40,742 crore tests have been carried out in the country since the beginning of the pandemic.
The daily test positivity rate for India was 2.2 per cent in the last 24 hours. The overall positivity, calculated since the beginning of the pandemic, reduced to 5 per cent.
As many as 13,819 Covid-19 patients were discharged across India in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries, since the beginning of the pandemic, to 1,08,39,894.
A total of 1,80,05,503 vaccine doses have been administered in India so far, with 13,88,170 doses administered in the last 24 hours. Of these, 1,47,96,835 are first doses, while 32,08,668 have received the second doses of the vaccine.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 1,11,73,761 people in India have been infected with Covid-19. The largest number of cases reported so far are from Maharashtra, followed by Kerala and Karnataka.
States with the highest active cases
In the last 24 hours, Maharashtra reported 8,998 new cases of Covid-19, pushing the active case count in the state up to 86,359.
A total of 21,88,183 cases have been reported from the state so far and 52,340 deaths, with 60 casualties reported in the last 24 hours.
Active cases in Kerala fell to 44,734 Friday, with 2,616 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. A total of 10,69,660 Covid-19 cases have been detected in the state since the beginning of the pandemic.
The state’s Covid death toll increased to 4,255, with 15 deaths reported in the last 24 hours.
Punjab now has the third highest number of active cases in the country. The state reported 1,071 new cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours. This is the first time since 15 November that new cases reported in a single day in Punjab crossed 1,000.
This takes the total number of cases detected in the state to 1,85,381.
The Covid-19 death toll in Punjab increased to 5,887, with 15 deaths reported in the last 24 hours.
Active cases of Covid-19 in Karnataka have also been increasing. As of Friday, the state recorded 6,147 active cases of Covid-19, with 571 new cases detected in the last 24 hours.
A total of 9,53,136 Covid-19 cases have been reported from the state. Of these, 12,350 people have died, with four deaths reported in the last 24 hours.
In Tamil Nadu, active cases reduced to 3,978 Friday, with 482 new cases of Covid detected in the last 24 hours. This brings the total number of cases detected from the state to 8,53,449.
With four deaths reported in the last 24 hours, the state’s Covid-19 death toll stands at 12,508.