It is the second consecutive day that the country has more than 50 thousand daily infections, which confirms the growing state of the epidemic and has reached the worst record since October 2020.
After the infection reached its peak in mid-September 2020, when there were ९ 79 cases, diagn 79 cases were diagnosed in a single day, but the infection increased again in the previous month, India halting the progress of the epidemic.
The increase was mainly seen in the state of Maharashtra, which accounts for more than half of the cases in recent weeks. In the last 24 hours, the state, whose capital is Mumbai, diagnosed 35,952 cases (60.8% of the total).
Other states with increased infection are Punjab, Karnataka, Kerala, Chhattisgarh and Gujarat. Along with Maharashtra, they account for 80% of cases in the last 24 hours, according to the Indian Ministry of Health.
On Wednesday, Indian officials reported that a new version of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 had been detected in the country, but denied that it was responsible for the increase in cases.
Mutations were detected in 15% to 20% of samples in the state of Maharashtra, most affected by the new wave of the disease, reported to the Consortium on Genomes (INSACOG, original) constituted by the Indian Ministry of Health. And ten national laboratories.
The agency said the mutation “did not match any of the previously listed catalogs”, such as those detected in the United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa, but believed to be in sufficient numbers to establish a “new strain” Was not found to be “a rapid rise in it or some states concerned”. ”
Since the onset of the epidemic, India has accounted for more than 11.8 million cases of Kovid-19 (11,846,652), the third country in the world with more infections, behind the United States and Brazil.
According to an independent census by Johns Hopkins University (USA), India is the fourth country in the world after the United States, Brazil and Mexico.
With a population of 1.3 billion, India started a vaccination campaign on 16 January, with more than 55 million people (55,504,440) vaccinated so far, according to daily data from the Ministry of Health.
According to a report by the French agency AFP, the Kovid-19 epidemic caused at least 2,745,337 deaths worldwide, amounting to more than 124.8 million cases of infection.
The disease has been detected by a new coronavirus in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.