At around 300, the Covid-related deaths in the country are expected to be the same as last week. It also marks a turnaround from the past six weeks when deaths were rising, although the toll remained much lower than in earlier outbreaks.
India is likely to record around 1.31 lakh new cases in the current week (July 25-31), compared to over 1.36 lakh in the last seven days. times of India covid database. This was the first week after May 16-22 when there was a decline in cases. Weekly cases in the country had increased nine times in May 16-22 from 14,529 till the previous week.
The decline in the current week is due to the declining number of cases in major states like Kerala (down 26%). Maharashtra (1 1%), Tamil Nadu (28%) and Bengal (42%). Despite the decline, Maharashtra reported the highest number of cases in the country at 13,194 during the week, followed by Kerala (11,998) and Tamil Nadu (11,903).
Meanwhile, Delhi recorded a 63% increase in cases, rising to 7,279 from 4,477 last week. In Haryana, infections rose by 29% to 4,328. UP also reported a rise, though the state’s figures for Sunday were not available till late night.
In the south, infections were rising in Karnataka (11,585 cases, 23%) and Telangana (5,543 cases, an increase of 23%).
Cases rose sharply in the two hill states of northern India with the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir registering a 46% increase with 4,591 new infections. Himachal reported 5,552 cases, a 37% increase, while Uttarakhand registered a 54% increase with 1,902 cases.
There were 299 fresh deaths from the virus recorded during the week, with several states yet to report their data for Sunday. Last week, 310 deaths were recorded. In Kerala, 99 to 70 people died last week. 46 people died in Bengal, 42 in Maharashtra, 14 in Karnataka, 12 in Punjab and 10 in Delhi.
Meanwhile, the seven-day positivity rate continued to rise. It was 4.97% on Saturday, up from 4.48% seven days earlier, mainly due to a drop in testing.