Two other states recorded deaths at more than double the national average — Punjab (2.8%) and Uttarakhand (2.7%) — in the deadliest month of the pandemic, during which 1,19,183 fatalities were officially reported across India. This was the highest monthly toll reported by any country since the Covid outbreak began.
The capital reported 8,090 deaths and nearly 2.8 lakh cases in May, translating to a CFR of 2.92%. Only the Andaman & Nicobar Islands (4.2%) and Nagaland (3.4%) had a higher death rate during the month.
Such was the spurt in fatalities that as many as nine states and UTs reported more deaths in May than their cumulative tolls in all previous months. These included Assam, which reported 61% of all Covid deaths in May, 2,058 out of a total of 3,365. Uttarakhand, the venue of this year’s Mahakumbh, reported 59% of all deaths from the virus in May, followed by Goa at 56%, Himachal Pradesh at 53% and Bihar at just over 50%.
In absolute terms, Delhi’s toll in May was the fourth highest. Maharashtra reported by far the highest deaths during the month, 26,531, which was 28% of all Covid fatalities in the state till date. Karnataka’s reported a toll of 13,632, 47% of all deaths from the virus in the state, followed by Tamil Nadu at 10,186 (42%).
While Maharashtra recorded the highest number of cases at 11.4 lakh, Karnataka wasn’t far behind with 10.8 lakh infections in May. Kerala recorded the third highest case count of nearly 9.6 lakh but the state had the second lowest death rate (0.36%) in the country with 3,508 fatalities.
Odisha had the distinction of reporting the lowest CFR in the country in May at 0.22%. The state logged 3.2 lakh cases while recorded deaths were 711.
On Tuesday, the first day of June, India recorded 1,33,212 fresh cases, a slight rise from the previous day’s count of 1.27 lakh. Given that fresh cases dip sharply on Monday’s, the overall fall in infections in the country continues.
The day’s death toll, however, rose to 2,824 (not counting 377 old fatalities added in Maharashtra’s overall toll). This was the highest death daily count in the past three days. On Monday, India had reported 2,468 deaths.
Active cases continued to fall. On Monday, the count had dropped below 20 lakh after 45 days. By Tuesday, there were just over 18 lakh recorded patients of Covid-19 in the country.