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India reports 81,466 new Covid cases

India is seeing a surge in its daily new cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) as the second wave of the pandemic has set its foot in the country.

On Friday morning, the Union ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW) data showed that India recorded 81,466 fresh cases of Covid-19 in the preceding 24 hours, and 469 related deaths, taking the infection tally and death toll to 12,303,131 and 163,396 respectively.

Earlier this week, the Union health ministry said that the pandemic situation in the country is “turning from bad to worse.

” The western state of Maharashtra, in particular, is bearing the brunt of this second wave, logging more daily fresh infections than it did in the first wave.

On Thursday, the state saw 43,183 cases, its highest in a single-day, and 249 deaths. At 2,856,163, Maharashtra has the highest Covid-19 tally in the country while its death toll is at 54,898.