Fresh cases cross 3.5 lakh in a day, overall toll up by 700 as old deaths added to count

Active cases of Covid-19 in the country crossed 20 lakh, the highest since May 30 last year, even as the daily tally of ffresh cases rose to nearly 3.5 lakh on Thursday, with infections continuing to surge in several states, including 


, Karnataka and 


India recorded close to 390 


, slightly lower than Wednesday's toll of 404, the first time in 11 days that daily fatalities did not register a rise, as per 


’s Covid database.

The overall toll, however, rose by nearly 700 as old deaths were added to the tally, most by Kerala.

By late Thursday night, 3,46,634 fresh cases were reported during the day, with data from one state awaited. The daily tally had gone past the 3-lakh mark on the previous day, when 3,17,569 new cases were detected.

Kerala logged a 36% surge in cases on Thursday, with the tally jumping from 34,199 to 46,387, the highest daily cases ever recorded in the state. It recorded a positivity rate of 40.2%. Karnataka numbers spiked from 40,499 to 47,754, with Bengaluru (30,540) continuing to record the highest number of cases among cities
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