New Delhi: While the third Covid-19 wave is likely to hit the country in coming few weeks, a sudden spike in Kerala’s coronavirus cases has left government worrying as on Tuesday the state recorded its highest single-day spurt in past 26 days. The spike comes on the back of a 7% increase in fresh cases in the state last week as compared to the previous seven days.
Kerala logged 14,373 new cases on Tuesday, the highest in the state since June 10, when 14,424 infections were recorded. This wasn’t a one-off spurt in infections. In the June 28-July 4 week, the state had posted 84,791 cases, the highest in three weeks. The spike had broken a falling trend in pandemic numbers that had held for seven weeks and could be pointing to a resurgence of the virus in the state.
Kerala accounted for nearly a third of the 43,994 fresh cases recorded in the country on Tuesday. With Maharashtra logging 8,418 new cases, the two states together made up more than half of India’s Covid count on the day.
India recorded 703 deaths from the virus on Tuesday, up from 491 reported on the previous day. Not included in the count were 224 older deaths added to the overall toll by Maharashtra. With this, India’s official toll from the pandemic rose to 4,04,228.
Apart from the “backlog” deaths, Maharashtra reported 171 fresh fatalities, the highest in the country on Tuesday. Kerala recorded 142 deaths, followed by Karnataka (92), Tamil Nadu (73), Odisha (51), Assam (34) and Andhra Pradesh (28).
With four new deaths from Covid-19, Delhi’s toll crossed the 25,000-mark on Tuesday. The capital has the fourth highest Covid toll in the country after Maharashtra (1,23,531), Karnataka (35,526) and Tamil Nadu (33,132). Delhi’s populous neighbour Uttar Pradesh has reported 22,653 deaths so far.
Meanwhile, active cases of the virus continued to decline in the country, although the fall has slowed considerably in the past few days. There were less than 4.7 lakh active cases of Covid-19 in the country on Tuesday night, a drop of around 4,000 in the the past 24 hours.