Even though daily cases are matching the numbers in the last week of September, the fatalities now are comparatively much lower. Compared to 468 fatalities on April 1, daily deaths on October 1 were 1,102 while the seven-day average of casualties on that day was 1,068.
Maharashtra continued to top the states’ chart, recording 43,183 fresh cases, its highest ever count during the pandemic, and accounting for 53% of the country’s infections on Thursday. Mumbai also reported a record daily peak by adding 8,646 cases, a significant jump from its previous high of 6,933 cases on March 28. Maharashtra reported 249 deaths, the highest since November 5 when 256 casualties were reported. Thursday was the second day in a row when the state added over 200 deaths.
Besides Maharashtra, two other states recorded their highest ever daily cases — Punjab (3,187) and Chhattisgarh (4,617). Karnataka reported 4,234 cases, taking the state’s caseload beyond the one-million mark. With this, the southern state became the third state after Maharashtra and Kerala to report more than 10 lakh cases. In fatalities, Punjab continued to be the worst affected state after Maharashtra, reporting 60 fatalities.
The active cases rose by more than 30,000 in the last 24 hours to reach 6,15,275.