Cases in India on both Saturday and Sunday were higher than those recorded in the US and Brazil, the other two worst-hit countries, put together.
Meanwhile, fresh infections in India dipped to 74,960 on Monday following a sharp fall in testing, but deaths soared to 1,125, the highest ever for a single day so far, taking the total toll to 72,725, as per data collated by TOI from state governments.
Daily cases in India had crossed 94,000 on Sunday and were close to 90,000 on the previous day. Put together, India recorded nearly 1,84,000 fresh infections over the weekend.
By contrast, the US reported 73,202 infections over the week and Brazil 45,805, according to data from worldometers.info. Together the two countries accounted to less than 1.2 lakh cases. On Monday, deaths from the virus in the country crossed 1,100 for the first time, with Maharashtra recording as many as 423 fatalities, the highest in a single day in the state.
The previous highest in Maharashtra was 422 deaths on August 18. On the same, India had recorded 1,099 deaths, the highest before Monday’s count. With a massive surge in infections, Maharashtra’s share in national cases topped 20% last week (August 31-September 6) for the first time in several weeks.
The state’s share rose to 21.7%. On Monday, Maharashtra reported 16,429 new cases, down from Sunday’s high of over 23,000. Meanwhile, the total caseload in Andhra Pradesh crossed 5 lakh on Monday while the count in Karnataka went past 4 lakh. Andhra Pradesh has the second highest case count in the country after Maharashtra and Karnataka is at the fourth spot below Tamil Nadu.