After surging for six weeks, Covid cases fell marginally in Kerala in the week ended on Sunday. A decline of 2% still left the state with 1.37 lakh new cases during the week, accounting for 54% of all infections detected in India during the period.
Meanwhile, India on Monday reported under 25,000 new cases for the first time in over five months. There were 24,577 fresh cases on Monday, the lowest daily count recorded since March 13 (24,866), mainly on account of a sharp dip in testing on Independence Day (Sunday). Just 11.8 lakh Covid tests were conducted on Sunday, down from over 20 lakh on most days of the week.
Last week (August 9-15), Maharashtra recorded less than 40,000 cases, its lowest weekly count in nearly six months. The last time Maharashtra had posted under-40,000 weekly cases was in February 15-21, when the count was 36,606. Last week’s count was a 9% decline from the previous week’s numbers (43,134). The weekly graph remained largely plateaued in Karnataka (-5%) and TN (-2%), with both states recording nearly 11,000 new cases.
HP continued to record a surge in cases, posting a 31% rise over the previous week. The state logged 2,256 cases as opposed to 1,726 in the previous week. This was the third straight week of rising infections in the Himalayan state.
Meanwhile, several states and UTs where the number of fresh infections remain fairly low, recorded a spurt in cases. These included Chandigarh, where weekly numbers rose from 24 to 51, a rise of 113%. Punjab saw a spurt of 35%, Gujarat 34%, Puducherry 14% and Dadra, Nagar Haveli Daman and Diu 50%.