Photos: India records highest single-day spike of Covid-19 cases ever

  • On April 4, India recorded 103,796 cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) breaching the peak of 99,181 seen in a single day during the first wave of the pandemic last September. PM Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting on April 4 and asked states to take the necessary steps and impose required restrictions to contain the outbreak. India’s positivity rate as on April 3 (the last day for which countrywide testing data was available) was at 8%, after having risen consistently – exactly a fortnight ago, on March 20, this number was 3.9%. At its worst, during the first wave of the outbreak, India recorded 93,617 cases a day on a 7-day average. On April 4, this number was 78,385.
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A healthcare worker collects a swab sample from a man during a rapid antigen testing campaign, near Gateway of India, in Mumbai, on April 5. India added 103,796 cases of Covid-19 on April 4, breaching the peak of 99,181 seen in a single day during the first wave of the pandemic in September last year.(Niharika Kulkarni / REUTERS)

A healthcare worker collects a swab sample from a man during a rapid antigen testing campaign, near Gateway of India, in Mumbai, on April 5. India added 103,796 cases of Covid-19 on April 4, breaching the peak of 99,181 seen in a single day during the first wave of the pandemic in September last year.(Niharika Kulkarni / REUTERS)

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A health worker tests nasal swab samples for Covid-19 infection, in Srinagar, on April 5. The number of cases recorded on April 4 is a sharp increase from the 92,961 reported a day earlier.(Mukhtar Khan / AP)

A health worker tests nasal swab samples for Covid-19 infection, in Srinagar, on April 5. The number of cases recorded on April 4 is a sharp increase from the 92,961 reported a day earlier.(Mukhtar Khan / AP)

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A woman wearing a face mask walks past a Covid-19 awareness graffiti, in Mumbai, on March 30. In the past week, cases have grown 39%, the fastest rate for any country, which has thrust India to the top of countries with the worst outbreaks in the world, HT reported.(Francis Mascarenhas / REUTERS)

A woman wearing a face mask walks past a Covid-19 awareness graffiti, in Mumbai, on March 30. In the past week, cases have grown 39%, the fastest rate for any country, which has thrust India to the top of countries with the worst outbreaks in the world, HT reported.(Francis Mascarenhas / REUTERS)

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A lab coat of a health worker is seen on a chair at a booth conducting RT-PCR based Covid-19 tests, in Mumbai, on April 5. Having added 73,301 new cases a day over the week till April 3, India has surpassed Brazil’s average tally of 66,176 and US’s 65,624 to become the biggest current Covid-19 hot spot, HT reported.(Indranil Mukherjee / AFP)

A lab coat of a health worker is seen on a chair at a booth conducting RT-PCR based Covid-19 tests, in Mumbai, on April 5. Having added 73,301 new cases a day over the week till April 3, India has surpassed Brazil’s average tally of 66,176 and US’s 65,624 to become the biggest current Covid-19 hot spot, HT reported.(Indranil Mukherjee / AFP)

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People shop at a crowded marketplace amid the surge in coronavirus cases, in Mumbai, on April 5. India is only the second country after the US to add more than 100,000 cases in a single day at any time during the pandemic.(Niharika Kulkarni / REUTERS)

People shop at a crowded marketplace amid the surge in coronavirus cases, in Mumbai, on April 5. India is only the second country after the US to add more than 100,000 cases in a single day at any time during the pandemic.(Niharika Kulkarni / REUTERS)

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Healthcare workers unload boxes containing vials of Covid-19 vaccine, in Ahmedabad, on April 2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a meeting on April 4 morning, said states must take the necessary steps and impose the required restrictions to contain the outbreak, HT reported.(Amit Dave / REUTERS)

Healthcare workers unload boxes containing vials of Covid-19 vaccine, in Ahmedabad, on April 2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a meeting on April 4 morning, said states must take the necessary steps and impose the required restrictions to contain the outbreak, HT reported.(Amit Dave / REUTERS)

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Police personnel prepare barricades at Daruwala Pul in Pune, on April 3. Maharashtra has shut all non-essential shops, restricted restaurants to takeaways, closed places of worship and asked all workplaces that can work remotely to work from home amid the surge in coronavirus cases, HT reported.(Pratham Gokhale / HT Photo)

Police personnel prepare barricades at Daruwala Pul in Pune, on April 3. Maharashtra has shut all non-essential shops, restricted restaurants to takeaways, closed places of worship and asked all workplaces that can work remotely to work from home amid the surge in coronavirus cases, HT reported.(Pratham Gokhale / HT Photo)

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A priest stands behind a notice informing closure of a temple, in Mumbai on April 5. At its worst, during the first wave of the outbreak, India recorded 93,617 cases a day on a 7-day average. On April 4, this number was 78,385, HT reported.(Indranil Mukherjee / AFP)

A priest stands behind a notice informing closure of a temple, in Mumbai on April 5. At its worst, during the first wave of the outbreak, India recorded 93,617 cases a day on a 7-day average. On April 4, this number was 78,385, HT reported.(Indranil Mukherjee / AFP)

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