During this, cases With nearly 1.37 lakh infections detected in the country in the last seven days (July 18-24), the national tally rose for the ninth straight week, up 6.5% from the previous week. This is the highest weekly case since mid-February this year.
Covid deaths in India, though remain relatively low, have crossed 300 for the first time since the first week of March. At least 308 fresh deaths were reported during the week, a 22% increase from the previous week’s toll of 253. Delhi reported 4,477 fresh cases, up from 3,280, indicating another spike in cases in the capital. Neighboring states of UP and Haryana also registered an increase for the second consecutive week. Cases have been rising and falling in the three states alternately over the past 15 weeks. A similar trend is being observed in at least two other states, Rajasthan and Karnataka.
The active cases of the virus in the country were close to 1.5 lakh, the highest since February 23.
While Kerala continued to report the highest number of new cases, logging over 16,000 in the current week, cases continued to decline in the state. Kerala reported a 19% drop in weekly cases. Cases were also declining in Bengal (down 24%), Tamil Nadu (10%) and Bihar (17%). In most other states, infections spiked during the week. Maharashtra reported almost the same number of new cases as last week, which stood at 14,870 against 15,367. In states like Assam, Odisha, Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Sikkim, the outbreak of infection continues in the East and Northeast.