New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: India reported 2,17,353 fresh COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours - its highest-ever single-day spike - which took the country's caseload to 1,42,91,917. Meanwhile, 1,185 fatalities were reported in the same time span which pushed the country's death toll to 1,74,308.

The active cases in the country, which crossed the 14-lakh mark on Thursday, now stand at 15,69,743.  

Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit state as it reported 61,695 COVID-19 cases and 349 deaths in the last 24 hours, followed by Uttar Pradesh which saw 22,439 fresh cases and 104 fatalities in the same time span. Delhi recorded 16,699 fresh COVID-19 cases with a sharp rise in the positivity rate to over 20 per cent, and 112 fatalities.

In just a matter of weeks, Delhi has become the worst-hit city in the country in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a situation that some doctors are describing as an "absolute rampage”. 

This is the second straight day when the country reported over 2 lakh cases and over 1,000 deaths in 24-hour time span. On Thursday, India reported 2,00,739 new COVID-19 cases and 1,038 daily new fatalities. 

The record spikes in cases and deaths come even as several states have imposed strict restrictions like local lockdown along with weekend and night curfews in their bid to curb the spread of virus. Following the CBSE's decision to cancel Class 10 Board exams and postpone Class 12 exams, several states boards have followed the same. 

The coronavirus cases in the country have doubled in the last 10 days. Nearly 10 days ago, the country had crossed the grim milestone of 1 lakh daily cases.

With the unabated rise in daily COVID-19 cases, India has left behind the US, the only other country which has logged over 2 lakh cases in a day. The US had on October 30 last year registered over one lakh cases for the first time and took 21 days to cross the 2 lakh-mark on November 20. Till now, only US has logged more daily infections than India with the country recording over 3 lakh daily infections on January 8.

The second wave of coronavirus in India has seen 10 out of last 12 days when the country created new record in daily COVID-19 infections. The two days when the country logged less cases are Monday when the numbers usually drop due to the lower testing and shortage of staffs due to the weekend.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta