India on Thursday recorded its biggest one-day COVID-19 case rise yet, with nearly 99,181 fresh cases in the last 24 hours bringing the total number to 4,559,710.
The virus’ spread has been accelerating in the world’s second-most populous country, with worrying trends emerging, particularly due to the persistently rising number of active cases.
This is for the first time India has witnessed such a huge increase on a single day. With a massive increase of coronavirus cases on a daily basis, the country recently surpassed Brazil to become the country second-worst hit by the virus.
Meanwhile, Delhi reported 4,308 fresh coronavirus cases on Thursday, the highest single-day spike so far, as a record 58,340 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has directed authorities to increase the number of ICU beds in hospitals and take steps to contain the spread of the infection, health minister Satyendar Jain said.
He also said plasma therapy will continue to be used in Delhi, as it is proving to be effective in people who are in stage one or two of COVID-19 treatment, but not for those in stage three or for patients on ventilators.
Experts in the country say that by the end of September India may even surpass the US – the worst-affected country worldwide – in the severity of the pandemic.
According to the US’ John Hopkins University, which compiles coronavirus figures, India is ranked third globally in virus deaths.