Coronavirus With more than 3 lakh cases, India records the world’s highest one-day spikes on April 21, 2021

The country reported as many as 3,15,660 cases and 2,091 deaths.

For the first time, more than 3 lakh COVID-19 cases were registered in a single day in India on April 21. As many as 3,15,660 cases and 2,091 deaths were recorded in the country as of 11.15 pm IST on April 21. No. country recorded more cases in one day. To date the country has reported a total of 1,59,24,914 cases and 1,84,662 deaths.

The figures do not include cases and deaths in Tripura and Ladakh. The data are from, an independent aggregator of COVID-19 daily figures.

Maharashtra reported 67,468 infections (accounting for 22% of new cases) on April 21, followed by Uttar Pradesh with 33,214 new infections and Delhi with 24,638 new cases.

Maharashtra also recorded the highest number of casualties (568) on April 21. Delhi followed with 249 new casualties, while Uttar Pradesh registered 187 new casualties.

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As many as 16,39,357 samples were tested in India on April 20 (results were available on April 21), a record number of tests conducted on a single day in the country.

It was the first place when the number of daily tests crossed the 16-lakh mark.

Before India, only the United States recorded more than 3 lakh cases in a single day. On January 2, 2021, the United States identified 3,00,310 new infections, its highest one-day injection. Other countries with significantly high one-day spikes are Brazil with 1,00,158 cases on March 25, 2021; the UK with 68,192 cases as of January 8, 2021; and Turkey with 63,082 cases as of April 16, 2021.

The international figures were collected from Our World in Data.

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During the peak of the first wave, India’s daily case count did not cross the 1 lakh mark. On September 16, 2020, the country recorded 97,860 new infections, the highest one-day rise for the first wave.

About 29.9 lakh COVID-19 vaccination doses were administered in the 24 hours ending at 7 am on April 21, which is about 2.86 lakh doses less than that recorded in the previous 24 hours. However, it is about 3.44 lakh more doses than recorded in the same period a week before.

The daily vaccination rate in India has dropped in the past week. Between April 7-13, India was administering an average of 34.43 lakh doses daily. However, a week later, as on April 20, the average daily doses given dropped to 27.05 lakh.