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Weekly cases still falling, but 9 states/UTs report a spike

The Times of India logo The Times of India 05-12-2021 Amit Bhattacharya
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NEW DELHI: India’s weekly Covid-19 cases continue to fall but the decline slowed to 3% in the week ending Sunday, even as nine states and UTs registered a rise in infections although the absolute numbers were not high.

India recorded 61,149 new cases of the virus during November 29-December 5, the lowest weekly count since May 2020. The week saw cases fall by 3.3% over the previous week, when 63,267 infections were recorded. Last week, Covid cases in the country had declined by 12%, falling below the 70,000 mark for the first time since the last week of May last year.

In the current week, states still reporting a relatively large count of fresh cases continued to record a fall in numbers, which led to the overall tally coming down. Among these states, Kerala recorded only a slight drop of 1.5%, with this week’s cases, at 32,212, nearly the same as the number last week (32,705).

Maharashtra logged 4,930 new cases, a drop of 15% over the previous week (5,803) while Bengal reported 13% less cases this week (4,390) than in the preceding seven days (5,022). Tamil Nadu too saw infection decline by 2.8%, with 5,049 cases reported during the current week.

However, in a worrying sign, as many as nine states and UTs posted a rise of 10% or more in weekly cases. Karnataka recorded a 25% increase in numbers, with cases rising from 2,001 last week to 2,499. Neighbouring Telangana also saw numbers rise by 26%, rising from 1,059 to 1,329.

Delhi logged a 146% increase in new infections during the week, although the overall numbers were still low at 492. Last week, the capital had posted 200 fresh cases.

At 309, Gujarat posted a relatively small number of new cases, but this was a 53% jump from the previous week’s tally of 202. Likewise, Uttar Pradesh’s weekly tally was just 101, but the number was twice the tally reported in the preceding seven days (50). Other states and UTs that saw numbers rise in the current week were Goa (up 50%), Sikkim (122%), Jharkhand 12% and J&K (10%).

Overall, Kerala continued to dominate Covid numbers, accounting for 53% of all cases recorded in the country during the week. In the previous week, the state had reported a 18% fall in cases.

Meanwhile, the country reported 4,746 deaths during the week, a 64% rise from the previous week’s toll of 2,887. However, nearly half of the numbers this week, more than 2,200, were old fatalities added to the toll by Bihar. Kerala too continued to report a large number of old deaths.

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