However, the situation in at least seven-eight states/UTs needs to be watched, on the basis of last week’s cases. While Maharashtra posted a surge of 81% over the previous week, MP recorded a 43% rise, Punjab 31%, J&K 22%, Chhattisgarh 13% and Haryana 11%.
Delhi sees a 4.7% rise in cases
Chandigarh saw a spike of 43% although the number of cases was low at 187. On the other hand, Karnataka (4.6% rise) and Gujarat (4%) showed modest increases but have been recording a relatively high number of cases. Karnataka posted 2,879 fresh cases during the week (February 15-21), the fourth highest in the country after Maharashtra, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. In Gujarat, the week’s case count was 1,860.
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While Delhi also saw a 4.7% spurt in infections, the absolute numbers are still pretty low in the capital with 954 fresh cases reported in the week.
Meanwhile, in another sign of a resurgence in the pandemic, India recorded 10,570 fresh cases on Monday. This was the highest count for a Monday in the past six weeks. Cases dip every Monday due to lower testing and staff shortages over the weekend.
The seven-day rolling average of daily cases in the country rose for the eight straight day to 12,981. The index, which provides an average of daily cases over the past week, had dipped to a low of 11,428 on February 10. It has been steadily rising since February 14.
On the positive side, the death toll from the virus has not been rising. On Monday, 77 fatalities were recorded in the country, the lowest single-day toll since May 3 last year. Punjab on Monday reported 389 cases, the highest since December 23, and as many as 15 deaths.
After a surge in daily Covid-19 cases for the last six days, Maharashtra and Mumbai reported a slight dip on Monday that officials attributed to fewer than usual tests on Sunday. But the rising graphs in the Vidarbha region led to the imposition of more localised curbs.
The state reported 5,210 cases and18 fatalities, the lowest in two weeks, taking the total to 21,06,094 and the toll to 51,806. Mumbai reported 761 cases — the fewest in the past four days — and four deaths, pushing the overall tally to 3,19,889 and toll to 11,450.
In Maharashtra, the highest addition of cases came from the Mumbai circle, including MMR, at 1,364 cases, followed by the Akola circle that reported 1,154 cases. Nagpur region was the third, contributing 946 cases. Among civic corporations, Nagpur and Amravati reported 643 and 555 cases, nearly as many as Mumbai.