India recorded 1,03,844 fresh cases on Sunday, led by a massive spike in the pandemic in Maharashtra. Sunday’s national case count was more than 5,000 higher than the previous peak of 98,795 cases reported on September 17 last year, as per TOI’s Covid database collated from state governments.
With this, the second wave of the pandemic in India, which started just around 52 days ago, has already seen a higher peak in cases than the first wave.
The seven-day rolling average of daily cases has increased seven-fold, up from 11,364 on February 11 to 78,318 on April 4 — the sharpest rise since the start of the pandemic. Sunday also saw a record single-day increase in the country’s pool of active cases, which rose by over 50,000. Active cases crossed 7 lakh, just three days after going past the 6-lakh mark.