Daily cases under 40k for 6 straight days, toll up by 500+

Times News Network

India has recorded almost exactly the same number of fresh Covid-19 cases for two days running, with this week’s count so far remaining below last week’s numbers, pointing to a continuing recession of the pandemic in the country. On Friday, India reported 36,757 new cases, while the previous day’s count was 36,746. The daily count has stayed within a narrow range of 36,000 to 37,000 for the past four days while the numbers last week were mostly above 40,000. The daily case count has now stayed under 40,000 for six straight days. The cumulative caseload crossed 96 lakh on Friday.

Deaths, however, have been slightly higher this week as compared to the last. On Friday, 508 fatalities were recorded, the fourth straight day that the toll remained at 500 or above. Last week, only on a single day did Covid deaths cross 500. Active cases, meanwhile, continued to fall. Friday saw a drop of around 6,700, taking the count to around 4.1 lakh. Recoveries continued to rise after crossing 90 lakh on Thursday, with around 43,000 more patients declared cured.

For the fourth consecutive day, Kerala led the tally of fresh cases with 5,718 new infections, followed by Maharashtra (5,229), Delhi (4,067), Bengal (3,206) and Uttar Pradesh (1,985). Maharashtra continued to record the highest fatalities, with 127 more deaths on Friday, followed by Delhi (73), Bengal (52), Kerala and Uttar Pradesh (both 29). For the third day in a row, Maharashtra reported over 5,000 cases and over 100 fatalities.

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