While states are busy in easing the lockdown, India reported its biggest single-day jump in the number of corona cases and corona related deaths yesterday.
In the past 24 hours, the country has recorded close to 4,000 confirmed cases, pushing the total a new high of 46,000 cases. The daily rate of growth clocked 9 percent which is highest in two weeks.
The centre attributed this sudden spike to the delayed reporting of cases by the states.
What is most concerning is that this happened at a time state governments are busy formulating their exit strategies. Yesterday Telangana allowed liquor sales across the state barring the containment zone. chief minister KCR announced that economic activities are allowed from morning 7 am to 6 pm. However, night curfew will be imposed all across the state from 7 PM to 6 AM the next morning.
Curiously, over the past one week, the daily number of new cases in the country had been on the steep rise. According to a report in Indian Express, yesterday’s surge was unprecedented which is the highest single-day rise since the first case was detected on January 30, 2020.
First, it took India 75 days, from January 30 to April 14, to record its first 10,000 cases. The addition of every 10,000 cases since then has been very steep. To cross the 20,000 mark it just took 10 days while to reach the 30,000 mark the country needed just seven days. Later, the rise from 30,000 to 40,000 took place in just four days.
The union health ministry exuded optimism by stating that the number of confirmed positive cases are doubling once every 12 days.
As for the death toll, India reported 194 deaths in the last 24 hours. This is the first time India has recorded over 100 death in a single day. A day before, the death toll stood at 83.