21 March 2021, New Delhi
India recorded more than 43,000 fresh Covid-19 cases on Saturday, the highest single-day count in 115 days. The day’s death toll surged to 196, the most since January 13.
Active cases of the virus in India crossed 3,00,000 on Saturday, just eight days after going past the 2,00,000 mark. This was the second-fastest rise of 1,00,000 active cases in the country. The count had reduced to around 1,35,000 on February 12 before cases started to rise again.
On Saturday, 43,784 new cases of the coronavirus were reported, the highest tally since November 25 last year. India had recorded 40,925 cases on Friday, which was the first time the count had crossed 40,000 since November.
The pandemic continued to surge in various states of the country, with Maharashtra on Saturday reporting its highest ever single-day tally of 27,126.
This was the second time in three days that Maharashtra’s cases have touched an all-time high after a tally of 25,833 on Thursday. Mumbai reported 2,982 cases, its second-highest count in a day so far. The city had logged its highest tally of 3,063 on Friday.
Maharashtra also recorded 92 deaths, by far the highest in the country, followed by Punjab (38), Kerala (15), Chhattisgarh (11), Tamil Nadu (8), and Karnataka (7).
Besides Maharashtra, 15 other states reported their highest daily cases since January or earlier.
(with inputs from Agencies)