Maharashtra continued to drive the surge in national numbers, recording 64,657 fresh cases during the week (March 1-7), the highest in 20 weeks since October 12-18. The spurt of the pandemic in Punjab was also dramatic. It recorded 6,215, cases — a 22week high. Kerala logged the second-highest number of new cases in India during the week at 17,924. In terms of percentage rise, Himachal Pradesh showed an 82% growth in cases in the past week as compared with the previous one, followed by Punjab at 67% and Haryana 65%.
On Monday, India reported 15,376 fresh cases. The seven-day rolling average of daily cases has now risen uninterruptedly for 22 days. The average crossed 17,000 to 17,189 on Monday. The country recorded 77 deaths from the virus on Monday.