For the first time since June 2020, India has added fewer than 100,000 new coronavirus cases in a week, government data from the past seven days shows.
India recorded 96,025 fresh cases in the week (January 18-24), the lowest number since 93,801 infections were reported in June 14-21, which was also the last week when less than one lakh cases of the virus were registered in the country, as per TOI’s database collated from state government numbers. Weekly cases had touched a peak of 6,45,014 in September 6-13 before falling nearly uninterruptedly till the present week. At present, weekly cases are down to just 15% of the number recorded at the peak.
This week, cases saw an 8.7% drop from the previous seven days. This was the 11th consecutive week of decline in cases. Since hitting the peak, cases have logged a rise in only one week, the one before Diwali.
Recorded deaths from the virus registered every week-on-week fall of 16.4%. There have been 1,052 fatalities reported throughout the week, down from 1,259 within the earlier seven days. The dying toll has now fallen for seven weeks in a row.
Covid-related fatalities have fallen to nearly one-eighth of the number recorded at the peak, when the country had reported 8,175 deaths in a single week (September 14-20). Overall, the pandemic has officially claimed 1,53,454 lives in the country so far, the third highest toll in the world after the US (nearly 4.3 lakh deaths) and Brazil (2.2 lakh).
India’s total Covid-19 caseload stood at close to 10.7 million (10,668,706), behind only the US’s tally of 25.5 million. However, while most of the worst-hit countries have seen a second, or even a third, surge in the pandemic, India’s cases have declined steadily so far since the mid-September peak. In the current week, active cases in the country have fallen by 11.3%, from close to 2.1 lakh to nearly 1.86 lakh.
On Sunday, India recorded 13,266 fresh cases, down from 14,891 reported on the previous day. Daily deaths too dropped below 150 for the first time in five days, with 131 fatalities on Sunday.
Kerala continued to register by far the very best quantity of recent cases at 6,036. This was the six straight day of above 6,000 new cases within the state, the one one within the nation the place the pandemic seems to be on the upsurge. Once more reported the very best deaths at 45, adopted by Kerala (20), Delhi (9) and Uttar Pradesh, Bengal and Chhattisgarh (eight every).
Maharashtra recorded below 3,000 (2,752) new optimistic cases for the fourth day in a row and noticed a marginal drop in deaths, whereas Mumbai registered below 500 (479) new cases on the third consecutive day and a slight drop in deaths. Active cases within the state noticed a marginal rise whereas town’s energetic cases decreased.