NEW DELHI: Fresh cases of Covid-19 in India fell to an 11-week low, with detected infections in the week ending Sunday falling below 70,000 and the daily average cases under 10,000 for the first time in nearly three months.
However, there was no decline in the number of deaths from the virus as over 275 new fatalities were reported in the week (August 22-28), nearly the same as in the previous seven days (278), as per TOI’s Covid database. These figures exclude deaths from earlier months added to the toll during this period.
India reported over 66,000 fresh cases in the week, down nearly 18% from the 80,617 logged in the previous seven days. This was the lowest weekly tally of cases since June 6-12, when 48,769 cases were recorded.
While infections fell compared to the previous week in a majority of states and UTs, there were some notable exceptions like Kerala, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Bihar.
Kerala posted a 12.5% rise in infections, recording 7,863 cases as opposed to 6,990 last week. Cases had been declining in the state for the last seven weeks. Infections remained flat in Maharashtra, with the state reporting 12,101 new cases, the highest in the country and 0.5% more than the previous week’s tally.
By contrast, Delhi registered a sharp 48% drop in cases. The capital logged 4,821 cases as compared to 9,228 last week. However, there was no decline in the number of Covid deaths, with 38 people succumbing to the virus in the city as opposed to 39 in the previous week. In the week before that, Delhi had recorded 51 fatalities.
Maharashtra recorded 34 Covid deaths in the week, up from 24. Kerala continued to report the highest number of fatalities— 43 this week, down from 53 last week. Deaths remained relatively high in Karnataka (24), Bengal and Punjab (19 each), Haryana (15), and Rajasthan (14).
Active cases continued to drop in the country, with TOI’s data showing around 70,000 active infections on Sunday night, although the government’s data showed a higher figure (around 85,000).



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