Indian equity benchmarks suffered their worst single-day fall since February 26 as rising Coronavirus cases in the country stoked fears of lockdowns. The Sensex dropped as much as 1,811 points or 3.65 per cent to hit an intraday low of 47,780 and Nifty 50 index tumbled below its important psychological level of 14,300 at the day’s lowest level. All but four shares in the Nifty 50 basket ended with a negative bias.
The Sensex crashed 1,708 points or 3.44 per cent to close at 47,883.38 and Nifty 50 index dropped 524 points or 3.53 per cent to end at 14,311.
India reported a record daily tally of 168,912 COVID-19 infections on Monday, the world’s highest, while worries grew over a further spike.
India now accounts for one in every six daily infections worldwide. Monday’s new cases carried it past Brazil, for an overall tally of 13.53 million, data compiled by Reuters shows, placing it second after the United States, with 31.2 million.
Maharashtra remains the worst-affected state with 63,294 new cases and 349 deaths in the last 24 hours. The state government is likely to take a call on announcing a complete lockdown in the state this week.
Relentless surge in coronavirus cases is threatening to derail a recovery in Asia’s third-largest economy.