India’s weekly cases rise as Kerala Covid count up 50% | India News


Fresh cases of Covid-19 surged by more than 50% in Kerala in the week following the Onam festival, leading to a marginal increase in India’s case count in the week ending Sunday, breaking a trend of declining cases that had held for the previous seven weeks.
Kerala reported 14,865 new cases of the virus during the week (September 12-18), up from 9,805 in the previous seven days. The state accounted for close to 39% of all cases detected in the country in the week. India is likely to log around 38,500 cases in the week, a rise of roughly 2% from the previous week’s tally of 37,670.
Kerala had seen Covid cases shoot up in the post-Onam period in the previous two years of the pandemic as well. Prior to the current week, overall Covid cases in the country had been steadily declining since the last week of July.
Apart from Kerala, Bengal saw an uptick in infections although the numbers were low compared to the southern state. Cases rose by 20% in Bengal to a total of 1,726. Tamil Nadu too registered a marginal 1.5% increase in cases during the week (3,147), with the numbers in the last three showing a sharper uptick. The rise was reflected in the UT of Puducherry as well.
Meanwhile, infections continued to recede sharply in Delhi and its neighbouring states. The capital logged a 30% fall in cases, with the week’s total falling below 1,000 for the first time since early April this year. The weekly death toll in the city too decreased to six, falling below 10 after seven weeks. The toll had crossed 50 (51) in the August 8-14 week. Similarly, neighbouring Uttar Pradesh and Haryana saw Covid numbers continuing to fall.
Covid deaths rose by around 10% in the country mainly on account of increasing fatalities in Kerala. The week’s Covid toll in India was likely to be around 165, up from 150 in the previous week. As per the state’s records, Kerala reported 68 deaths while the previous week’s toll was 42. These numbers do not include fatalities from earlier periods that were added to the toll. Maharashtra logged the second highest number of new cases at 4,710, although the count had dipped by 21% from the preceding week when 5,978 cases were detected.





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