The country recorded 151 fatalities, taking the cumulative toll to 1,52,853. With 15,290 fresh infections, India’s cumulative caseload reached 10,611,738. Going with the declining trend of the pandemic in the last few months, new cases dipped by nearly 1800 compared to last Wednesday — when around 17,000 patients had tested positive.
Kerala continued to top the states in daily infections with 6,815 new cases, up from 6,186 on Tuesday. However, recovery outnumbered new infections as 7,364 patients were discharged from hospital. So far, 65 people who came from the UK after December 9 have tested positive for Covid-19 and their samples duly sent to NIV Pune. The new strain which originated in Britain was confirmed in nine of them by NIV Pune.
Maharashtra was the second most-affected state with 3,015 fresh cases. No other state or union territory recorded new cases in four digits, a trend seen for last few weeks now. The state continued to record maximum daily casualties with 59 people dying in the last 24 hours, followed by Kerala (18 deaths) and Delhi (10). All other states and union territories recorded fatalities in single digits or no casualties. Though Maharashtra reported an increase in fresh cases and casualties on Wednesday compared to the corresponding figures on Tuesday, active cases continued to fall both in the state as well as in Mumbai because discharges from hospital outnumbered new infections.
Active cases in the country continued to fall and dropped by over 5,000 on Wednesday to 1,93,828.