India drops to No.2 in daily Covid cases as US surges again

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NEW DELHI: After recording the highest number of daily Covid-19 cases in the world for more than two months, India may finally be passing on the baton back to the US. For two days running, Thursday and Friday, the US reported more daily cases than India, which had been logging the highest single-day counts in the world since August 6.
The US recorded 66,131 and 71,687 fresh infections on these two days, as per worldometers.info, while the daily count in India on these days was 64,237 and 62,587. The numbers vary slightly in EU’s ECDC database, but it too shows more fresh cases in the US since Thursday.

It was after 71 days that the US again posted the highest daily tally in the world on Thursday. During these 71 days, India held the top position. In cumulative caseload, the US continues to lead the world with more than 8.3 million cases so far. India holds the second spot with nearly 7.5 million cases.
It seems likely that the US will continue to log the highest number of daily cases over the next few days, with a few exceptions now and then. That’s because cases in the US have been on the rise again over the past month while the count has been steadily decreasing in India. Daily cases have been falling in India after peaking on September 17, when over 98,000 cases were recorded. The US appears to be in the midst of a third wave of the pandemic.
Interestingly, cases began rising again in the US around mid-September — the same time when the pandemic had started showing signs of receding in India. Prior to that, the US had been seeing a steady fall in numbers since July 25.
The US has seen around 223,000 deaths from the virus, nearly double the toll in India, where 113,784 fatalities have been recorded so far.
Meanwhile, India reported 62,050 fresh cases on Saturday, taking the total caseload to more than 74.9 lakh, as per data collated from state governments. The daily toll continued to be over 800, at 812, for the third day running.
Maharashtra reported a dip in cases and deaths on Saturday. A total of 10,259 new cases and 250 fatalities were reported on Saturday, taking the total caseload to 15,86,321 and fatalities to 41,965. For the fourth consecutive day, the number of Covid-19 cases in Mumbai showed a dip with 1,791 fresh patients added to the tally.
Tamil Nadu added 4,295 new cases and 57 deaths to its Covid-19 registry that pushed the case tally to 6,83,486 and toll to 10,586. The number of active cases, however, is nearing the 40k mark with 5,005 discharges in the last 24 hours taking the number to 40,192.
Officials say by early next week, if fresh cases continue to decrease, active cases in the state will go below 40,000.

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