More than two out of every five fresh Covid cases in India last week were detected either in Kerala or Maharashtra. The two states did not just account for a bulk of all cases but also recorded a slight rise in infections as against a steep 21% week-on-week fall in numbers in the rest of the country.
As a result, the share of Kerala and Maharashtra in India’s weekly cases rose from 38% in the previous week (December 21-27) to 44% in the week just gone by (December 28-January 3).
Meanwhile, on Monday, India recorded 200 Covid-related deaths, the lowest single-day toll in more than seven months since May 30, even as fresh cases continued to fall on the first day of a new week. There were 16,287 fresh cases on Monday, including 2,100 old cases added to Maharashtra’s count after a reconciliation exercise. If these cases aren’t counted, the tally of new cases was the lowest daily count recorded in the country since June 18.
There was a steep fall in active cases in the country as Maharashtra announced the discharge of 10,362 Covid patients on Monday. Active cases fell by more than 13,000 to nearly 2.3 lakh. Last week, Kerala was the only major state to record a rise in cases. The state recorded 35,336 fresh cases, 689 more than the previous week’s tally. Although the rise wasn’t sharp, it flew in the face of the nationwide trend of declining infections. Maharashtra logged a modest 2% fall in weekly cases.
In contrast, cases in the rest of the country fell as much as 21% week on week, leaving Kerala and Maharashtra as the main Covid hotspots in the country. On Monday, Andhra Pradesh reported 128 new Covid cases, the lowest single-day case total in the last seven months. While the cumulative caseload rose to 8,83,210, the toll increased to 7,118 as three more people succumbed to the novel coronavirus.
Maharashtra and Mumbai reported a dip in coronavirus cases and deaths on Monday. The state reported 29 deaths, the lowest in 246 days since May 3, when it had reported 27 deaths. And Mumbai, for the second day in a row, reported 3 deaths, its lowest daily toll since March. With this addition, the total deaths in the state stand at 49,695, and the deaths in the city have gone up to 11,138. Mumbai added 516 cases, continuing to register more cases than Delhi for the sixth day running. The national capital recorded 384 new positive cases, its lowest count in more than seven months.