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Daily Covid-19 cases below 3 lakh for 3rd day but deaths over 500 for 2nd day

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NEW DELHI: India’s covid tally remained below 3 lakh for the third consecutive day. Deaths, however, crossed the 500 mark for the second day in a row. With data from Tripura yet to come at the time of filing this story, Wednesday’s case count stood at 286,994 cases and 501 deaths.

The dip in cases is likely to be linked to the weekend effect and today being a public holiday when testing tends to reduce. Whether the third wave is still building up or is going a downward slope will become clearer in the coming days.

Although the relative death counts as compared to cases have been significantly lower in the third wave when one compares it with the second wave, the steady increase in deaths is a worrying trend. At this level of cases, the deaths reported during the second wave were in the tune of around 2000 daily fatalities. It is, however, important to note that the deaths have a much slower rate of decline as compared to cases as the count in the second wave continues to remain above 500 even in August when the cases have dipped to less than 50,000 as compared to the peak level when around 4 lakh cases were being reported.

Thirteen states reported double-digit death figures on Wednesday. The list is led by Maharashtra, where 79 people succumbed to the virus. Kerala was the second state to report more than 50 deaths as the state’s count stood at 63. Tamil Nadu reported 47 fatalities and was followed by Karnataka and West Bengal each reporting more than 30 deaths. The death count was more than 20 for Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Assam. There were ten fatalities reported from Odisha and Chhattisgarh.

In cases, Kerala lead the list of states and was followed by Karnataka — both reporting over 40,000 cases. The count was over 35,000 for Maharashtra which saw an increase in cases while Tamil Nadu detected about 30,000 new infections on Wednesday. Four states — Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh — reported between 10,000 to 20,000 cases. The count was between 1,000 and 10,000 for the next sixteen states.

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