New Delhi: As India has recorded the highest number of COVID cases every day, on Tuesday, more than 4,500 people lost their lives to COVID-19, the highest number of deaths in a single day for any country during the pandemic
As per the sources, the 4,522 fatalities recorded in the most recent 24-hour period surpass the record of 4,468 deaths in the US on January 12. Brazil is the third hardest-hit country in the world, recorded 4,211 deaths in a single day on April 6.
Though the second wave of infections is continuing, experts said that there is now likely to be a surge in fatalities as people who have been battling for their life either recover or succumb after prolonged critical care stay.
According to the reports recorded on May 9, the average number of new cases has decreased by 21% and the test positivity rate has declined by around 5% percentage points.
The government on Tuesday said that around 200 districts have been reporting a decline in cases for the last two weeks and, after consistently increasing for the past 13 weeks, the country's overall case positivity has registered a decline over the past seven days.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra reported over 1,300 deaths, nearly half of which were more than a week old. Karnataka reported 525 deaths, while Tamil Nadu added 364 to the toll. Over 2.67 lakh fresh cases were reported in the country. While Tamil Nadu recorded more than 33,000 cases, Karnataka and Kerala both reported over 30,000 cases. Maharashtra, which was leading the list for months, reported the country's fourth highest case count with 28,438 new infections. The active cases in the country dropped further to 32.26 lakh.