India’s weekly Covid cases up 31%, first rise since early November | India News
India recorded 1,00,990 fresh cases in the week (February 15-21), registering more than 1 lakh cases again after five weeks. The tally was 31% higher than the count of 77,284 in the previous week.
The spike was led by Maharashtra, which saw an 81% week-on-week rise in recorded infections.
Reflecting the surge, India’s seven-day rolling average of daily cases rose for the seventh day running. The average, which had stood at 11,430 a week ago, had increased to 12,770 by Sunday.
While cases have swelled, the number of deaths due to the virus has remained steady. India recorded 660 Covid-related fatalities during the week, just 10 more than last week’s toll.
On Sunday, India reported 14,288 fresh cases, nearly the same as Saturday’s count of 14,317. The death toll dropped marginally to 84 from 89 on Saturday. Daily cases have remained over 14,000 for the past three days. Maharashtra recorded 6,971 new cases, the highest tally in the state in 121 days. Kerala‘s numbers dipped to 4,070, a fall of over 500 from the previous day’s count.
During the week, Maharashtra logged 36,606 fresh cases, an 81% rise over the previous seven days. The tally was also the highest reported by the state in 12 weeks since Nov 23-29.
The surge in Maharashtra pushed Kerala to the second spot in weekly cases for the first time in 12 weeks. Kerala recorded 30,871 fresh cases, a 14% fall from the previous week and lowest tally recorded by the state since mid-September.
Besides Maharashtra, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh too have recorded a spike in pandemic numbers in the past week.
India’s cumulative Covid-19 caseload stood at 11,005,739, having crossed the 11 million mark on Sunday. The case count had hit 10 million (one crore) on December 18, 65 days ago. This was the slowest rise of a million cases in the country since the first million, which took 168 days. The previous one million cases had come in 29 days. At the peak of the pandemic in September, the caseload had risen from 4 million to 5 million in just 11 days.