India logged just over 1.37 lakh fresh cases of the coronavirus in the week ending Sunday (October 4-10), down from 1.55 lakh in the previous week, as per TOI’s Covid database. This was the sixth straight week of declining cases in the country following a brief flare-up towards the end of August when infections surged sharply in Kerala post Onam.
This week’s tally of fresh cases was the lowest since March 1-7, when 1.17 lakh infections were detected at a time when the devastating second wave of the pandemic was beginning in India.
There were 1,776 deaths from the virus reported in India during October 4-10, the lowest weekly toll since March 15-21 and a drop of 4.5% from the previous week.
In what would bring added cheer in the run-up to the festival season, the week saw cases fall in all major states of the country with the lone exception of Bengal, where a marginal spike of 5% was recorded, as per the daily data received from states.
In Kerala, which accounted for 54% of all new infections in the country, weekly cases dipped by 17.4% from the previous seven days. The state recorded less than 75,000 cases in the week for the first time since April 11-18, nearly six months ago.
Maharashtra, the worst affected by the pandemic, reported less than 20,000 cases in the week (just over 18,500), the lowest weekly count in eight months since February 1-7.
Even Mizoram registered a fall in cases after six weeks of rise. The state reported 8,097 new infections during the week, down from 9,566 in the previous seven days. The state continues to record the fourth highest case count in the country after Kerala, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. The weekly count in Tamil Nadu fell below 10,000 for the first time since March 14-21. The state logged 9,770 new cases, a 13% drop from the previous week’s tally of over 11,000.
Bengal, however, registered a slight rise in infections ahead of Durga Puja celebrations. The state recorded 5,097 new cases in the week, up from 4,847 in the previous seven days. Last week as well the state had posted a 2.2% increase in cases.