Fresh cases dip every Monday because of lower testing and staff shortages over the weekend. The sharp fall in new cases this Monday is likely to be due to declining infections, a trend clearly visible in weekly numbers, as well as very low testing on Sunday. Just 8,01,081 tests for Covid were conducted across India on Sunday, the lowest in 10 weeks since September 27, as per the covid19india.org website.
Monday’s official death toll from the virus, too, was the lowest recorded in the country since July 2, although the number was just two less than the fatalities on Sunday.
Meanwhile, in the previous week (November 29-December 6), Delhi registered the steepest fall in Covid cases among states week on week. The capital recorded 25,602 fresh infections during the week, a drop of more than 11,000 from the previous week.
Cases registered a net increase over the previous in just eight of the 35 states and UTs. The rest 27 states/UTs recorded a fall in the case count week on week, even as the cumulative count of cases across India fell by 16% in the week.
After Delhi, Maharashtra logged the steepest fall in cases, recording 7,644 less than the previous week, followed by Rajasthan (-6,251), Haryana (-3,848) and Bengal (-2,425). All these states had seen spikes in recent weeks. Kerala recorded the highest number of new cases during the week, with an addition of 36,792 to the state’s tally.