New Delhi: For the third straight day, India reported slightly higher number of coronavirus cases than on the corresponding days of the previous week, in what could be early signs of a flattening of the Covid curve, which had been falling sharply for seven weeks running.
The country recorded 46,333 fresh Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, the highest in the past three days, and higher than the count reported last Tuesday (43,107). Covid-19 case counts on the previous two days, Sunday and Monday, were also slightly higher than the tallies recorded on the same days of the previous week.
Covid-19 cases usually follow a cyclical weekly pattern, with the lowest counts always coming on Mondays, and cases generally rising gradually through the week thereafter — although this pattern may not hold on all weeks. Therefore, a day-on-day comparison with the previous week does give a hint on which way the curve is likely to move.
The day’s death toll crossed 500 for the second successive day, with 503 fatalities reported on Tuesday. The toll was 502 on Monday, while the count had fallen below 500 on Saturday and Sunday. While Maharashtra continued to log the highest toll in the country with 120 deaths on Tuesday, Chhattisgarh posted the second highest number of fatalities at 58. Deaths have spiked sharply in the state over the past two weeks.
After leading the daily case counts from March till the middle of October, Maharashtra fell to the third spot in fresh infections on Tuesday. Kerala had the highest number of new cases at 6,862, followed by Delhi with 6,725. This was the highest single-day surge in cases in the capital, and the first time that the count had crossed 6,000.
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