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In India’s Worst Covid Numbers Yet, Country Records 4.12 Lakh Fresh Cases, 3,980 Deaths

According to the government, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, and Uttar Pradesh are among the twelve states to have more than a lakh active COVID-19 cases each.

In the highest numbers in a day so far, up to 3,980 people died of Covid in India the past 24 hours, pushing total fatalities to 2,30,168. The country also logged a grim record in its daily Covid numbers with 4.12 lakh infections.

After a review meeting on Wednesday, the union health ministry said that Assam, West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar, and Jharkhand have seen a rise in both the number of daily cases and mortality, indicating the “pandemic is moving eastwards”.

According to the government, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, and Uttar Pradesh are among the twelve states to have more than a lakh active COVID-19 cases each. For the past two weeks, thirty districts are showing a continued rise in the number of cases. Ten of these are in Kerala, seven in Andhra Pradesh, three in Karnataka, and one in Tamil Nadu, it said.

On Wednesday, Maharashtra being the worst-hit state across the country, reported a record 920 new Covid deaths and over 57,000 new cases. Capital Mumbai reported 3,879 new cases and 77 deaths while Pune logged 9,084 cases and 93 deaths. The western state has 6.41 lakh active cases at present.

Since the start of the pandemic, Karnataka on Wednesday reported in its single-largest spike (more than 50,000 cases), nearly half of them in capital Bengaluru.

The World Health Organization on Wednesday said India accounted for 46% of global cases and 25% of global deaths reported in the past week.

“Unless the world steps up and helps India now, there will be reverberations across the region and the world in terms of virus-related deaths, virus mutations and supply delays,” UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said on Tuesday.

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