India reported 5,233 new Coronavirus cases on Wednesday, 41 per cent more than a day ago, as infections soared sharply in some states.
Daily coronavirus infections in India crossed 5,000 after 93 days, taking the total tally of active cases to 28,857, according to the Union Health Ministry.
The number of deaths climbed to 5,24,715 with seven fresh fatalities, government data updated at 8 am stated. India has reported 4.31 crore Covid cases since the beginning of the pandemic.
The surge was led by Maharashtra, which recorded 1,881 new coronavirus cases last evening, a huge 81 per cent jump and the highest since February 18.
The state also reported one case of B.A.5 variant, the state health department said.
State capital Mumbai alone accounted for 1,242 new cases, almost double the Monday’s count.
India’s daily positivity rate was recorded at 1.67 per cent, while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 1.12 per cent, according to the government.
India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16.
It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.
The country crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4 and three crore on June 23 last year.