India’s Covid caseload hits 2 crore; 50 lakh rise in just 15 days | India News

NEW DELHI: India has become the second country in the world after the US to record more than 2 crore Covid cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The caseload crossed the grim milestone on Monday, a day after the country’s Covid-related deaths again climbed to the third spot in the world overtaking the toll in Mexico.
The country reported 3,55,998 new cases on Monday, taking the overall case count past the 2 crore mark to 2,02,74,921, as per TOI’s Covid database. Only the US, with more than 3.3 crore cases so far, has recorded a higher count. Brazil is in third spot with fewer than 1.5 crore cases.

So massive has been the second wave of infections that the country recorded a fourth of all cases till date — nearly half a crore — in the last 15 days alone. Over two successive weeks ending Sunday, India recorded the highest weekly count of Covid cases reported in any country for any week. Deaths have also surged during this period, with the total toll crossing that of Mexico on Sunday. India has recorded 2,22,268 deaths so far while Mexico’s toll stood at 2,17,233.
As on Monday, only the US (5,91,000 deaths) and Brazil (4,07,775) had recorded higher fatalities from the pandemic than India. Although deaths in India have been rising sharply, it still has the lowest deaths per million (at 159) among the 20 worst-hit nations.
On Monday, India recorded nearly 3.56 lakh new cases, lower than the count over the past week in keeping with the typical dip in numbers seen every Monday. However, daily cases stayed above the 3.5 lakh mark for the seventh straight day.
The day’s death toll stood at 3,440. India has recorded more than 3,000 daily deaths for the past seven days now. While it dipped below 600 to 567 in Maharashtra, Delhi recorded its highest ever daily fatalities at 448. Deaths remained high in Uttar Pradesh (288), Chhattisgarh (266), Karnataka (239), Punjab (157) and Rajasthan (154), among other states.

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