NEW DELHI: India recorded more than 4 lakh Covid-19 cases and over 12,000 deaths from the virus in June alone, which was by far the worst month of the outbreak in the country. While the number of cases was 2.7 times higher than those reported during the previous month of May, the number of deaths was 2.8 times higher. In May, India had reported just over 1.5 lakh cases and 4,267 deaths.
While fresh Covid-19 cases on the last day of June dipped slightly to 18,333, deaths crossed the 500 mark to 510, as per data collated from state governments.
India had recorded 5,85,474 lakh cases of Covid-19 in all while the death toll crossed the 17,000 mark to 17,412 on Tuesday. The day’s toll was the biggest surge in deaths since 2,003 fatalities were reported on June 16, with most of those numbers comprising earlier deaths confirmed during data reconciliation processes in Maharashtra and Delhi.
India’s Covid-19 caseload of 4 lakh in June was the third highest in the world after the US and Brazil while the number of deaths during the month was the fourth highest after the US, Brazil and Mexico.
Maharashtra on Tuesday reported 245 Covid deaths, the second highest in a single day so far. With this, the total death toll in the state has gone up to 7,855, close to the 8,000 mark.
Of the 245 deaths, 95 deaths occurred in the last 48 hours and the remaining 150 deaths were earlier fatalities added to the tally on Tuesday. June has been the deadliest month in terms of Covid cases and deaths in the state. At the end of the fourth lockdown, and in the month of June itself a total of 5,569 deaths were reported in the state. Most of the deaths were added to the tally as part of the massive data cleaning exercise taken up by the state.
Meanwhile, 4,878 new Covid cases were reported in Maharashtra, the lowest in the last four days. The total number of cases in the state as on Tuesday was 1,74,761 of which 1.07 lakh cases were added in the month of June itself.
Tamil Nadu continued to report close to 4,000 new cases (3,943 on Tuesday) while infections spiked to the highest single-day number in Bengal (652). The day’s count dipped significantly in Delhi, which reported 2,199 new cases, down from its peak of over 3,900 just a few days ago.
However, numbers continued to be high in Karnataka (947 new cases), Telangana (945), Andhra Pradesh (704), Uttar Pradesh (672), Gujarat (620) and Assam (343).
Bihar recorded eight Covid-19 deaths and 370 new cases — both single-day records — taking the fatalities toll to 71 and the number of coronavirus cases to 9,988, just 12 cases away from breaching the 10,000 mark.
The state health department officially reported five deaths on Tuesday, one each from Patna, East Champaran and Gaya and two from Rohtas.
However, Patna civil surgeon Dr R K Chaudhary confirmed two deaths in the district and another was confirmed by Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH).
The Jammu and Kashmir government reported 260 new positive cases, 32 from Jammu division and 228 from Kashmir division, taking the total number of cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 7,497. “Also 6 deaths have been reported,” an official spokesperson said.
Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday registered seven deaths and 704 Covid-19 cases, taking the cumulative caseload to 14,595.
The death toll rose to 187 with Krishna district reporting three deaths, Kurnool two and Guntur and Anantapur one each.
The Covid infection tally in Rajasthan touched 18,014 on Tuesday with the addition of 354 fresh cases. The casualty count reached 413 with the addition of eight more deaths. In the last eight days, the state added more than 3000 cases.