With 53,476 new coronavirus cases, India saw the biggest single-day jump in total infections in nearly five months as two states – Maharashtra and Gujarat – saw the highest-single day spike since the start of the pandemic. As the country continues to see a worrying surge in infections amid concerns over a second Covid wave, the government yesterday said said a new “double mutant variant” of the coronavirus has been detected in 18 states in the country in addition to many other strains or variants of concern (VOCs) which have also been found abroad.
The spike in the last 24 hours was 13 per cent higher than the fresh cases reported yesterday across India- 47,262. With 31,855 new infections, Maharashtra’s tally jumped to 25,64,881; the state has logged the highest number of cases since the start of the pandemic.
Gujarat saw a surge of 1,790 fresh infections, taking the state’s tally to 2,92,169 cases.
Punjab, Kerala, Karnataka and Chhattisgarh are the other states that reported the highest number of new infections in the last 24 hours.