Covid-19: Nearly 50k cases in a week, biggest rise since January wave

Covid-19: Nearly 50k cases in a week, biggest rise since January wave

After decreasing for four weeks in a row, Delhi again reported a surge in infections.

The week ending Sunday saw the biggest surge in India's Covid-19 numbers since the third wave of the pandemic in January, with fresh cases rising by more than 23,000 to nearly twice the previous week's tally and almost all states and UTs registering a rise in infections. However, there was no significant rise in deaths.

India is likely to record close to 49,000 fresh Covid cases during the week (June 6-12), up more than 90% from the preceding week’s total of 25,596. This is the highest weekly tally of new cases since February 21-27, when over 86,000 infections were logged. The increase of over 23,000 from the preceding week is the highest since January 17-23.

Maharashtra led the count, recording 17,380 fresh cases, up 140% from 7,253 in the previous week. Kerala is likely to log around 14,500 cases (data from the state comes a day later), up more than 70% in a week. Together, the two states accounted for 65% of India's fresh cases in the week.

After decreasing for four weeks in a row, Delhi again reported a surge in infections. The capital posted 4,068 fresh cases during the week, a rise of 68% over the tally in preceding seven days (2,419).

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The increase was likely spread across NCR, as evident from rising cases in neighbouring Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Haryana logged 2,029 cases in the week, up 65%, and UP's tally rose 32% to 1,295.

Sharper spikes in Covid numbers were seen across the southern states, with Karnataka posting 2,975 fresh cases (up 84%), Tamil Nadu 1,299 (up 63%), Telangana 851 (up 97%) and Andhra Pradesh 117 (up 86%).

Cases more than doubled as compared with the previous week in Gujarat, which reported 790 new infections, Bengal (663 cases) and Punjab (over 250).

India recorded 24 new deaths from the virus during the week, with data from a few states yet to come in. The previous week's toll too was 24, a marginal rise from the preceding two weeks, when 16 and 17 fatalities each were reported. This data doesn't include deaths from earlier months included in the toll during this period.

While several experts have said the current rise in cases is not a sign of a new wave but is more likely to be fluctuations that are seen during the endemic stage of the disease, numbers need to be closely watched over the next few weeks.

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