Daily pandemic numbers have risen nearly four-fold (3.6 times) in the four days since Monday.
New cases detected on Friday had zoomed to 22,688 by late night, with data from two states yet to come in, as per TOI’s Covid database. This was nearly 6,000 more than Thursday’s total.
India had reported 6,242 new infections on Monday, after which the surge began with numbers swelling on subsequent days to 9,155, 13,180 and 16,717, respectively. If the current rate of growth continues, the daily case tally could cross 1 lakh in the next seven days (assuming a constant 25% daily growth rate).
Active cases in the country have now crossed 1 lakh after falling to a low of less than 75,000 10 days ago. Active cases grew by roughly 13,500 on Friday alone.
As in the past four days, Maharashtra led the surge in infections with 8,067 cases recorded on Friday, up from 5,368 on Thursday — a rise of 50% in a day. Mumbai accounted for 5,428 fresh cases, the tally rising in the city by 52% in a day.
The rise was sharper in Bengal where the tally jumped by 62%, going from 2,128 on Thursday to 3,451, the second highest count in the country after Maharashtra. Other states registering significantly high single-day surges included Assam (192 cases, up 90%), Jharkhand (753 cases, up 56%), Haryana (428 cases, up 43%), Punjab (221 cases, up 32%), Tamil Nadu (1,155 cases, up 30%) and Uttar Pradesh (251 cases, up 30%).
Delhi recorded 1,796 new infections on Friday, a surge of 37% over the previous day’s count of 1,313.
Meanwhile, deaths from the virus continued to be low across the country. On Friday, 55 fresh fatalities were reported, with the toll staying below 100 for the eighth day running. However, with Kerala again reporting deaths from earlier periods, the overall toll rose by 397.