India on May 19, Wednesday recorded its highest single-day death toll ever with more than 4,500 people dying of Covid-19. This came as an unfortunate occurrence following that the daily new cases have continued to remain under the 3-lakh mark for the third consecutive day.
India recorded 4,529 Covid-19 deaths in the last 24 hours pushing the national death tally to 2,83,248, according to the Union ministry of health. The country has been recording above 4,000 deaths every day over the past week with the only exception being on May 15 when the number was 3,850.
Meanwhile, 2,67,334 new cases of Covid-19 were reported last day while the country’s total caseload now stands at 2,54,96,330. The count of daily cases has continued to stay below 3 lakh for three days in a row now.
The declining trend of daily cases is quite consistent after May 6 when the numbers touched 4,14,554. It has reduced fresh cases by 1.47 lakh. Even though this massive reduction in the past 12 days is a good sign, India’s daily tally of new cases is still by far the world’s highest by a huge margin.
On the contrary, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that as many as 32,03,01,177 samples were tested for Covid-19 till May 18. Among those, 20,08,296 samples were tested yesterday.
The overall global Covid-19 caseload has crossed 163.9 million. On the other side, the number of deaths reported is more than 3.39 million, according to Johns Hopkins University. The US remains the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 32,996,565 and 587,199, respectively. In terms of active cases, India follows in second place with 25,228,996 cases.