The last time the countrywide daily death toll was recorded below 200 was on May 28 last year. Fatalities reported on Sunday were the lowest since 151 deaths officially recorded on May 25.
Fresh Covid cases too dipped on Sunday, when just 16,513 infections were detected in the country, as compared with more than 18,000 on each of the last three days.
New cases of the virus continued to decline in the country for the ninth straight week. However, the fall appears to be slowing down both in numbers and percentages. India reported 126,043 fresh cases in the current week (January 4-10), some 6,700 less than the count in the previous week translating to a 5% drop in cases week on week. This was the narrowest decline in cases in six weeks. By comparison, the previous week (December 28-January 3) had seen a 13% fall, with fresh cases nearly 20,000 less than in the week before.
The weekly death toll, however, fell 14% with 1,509 fatalities reported in the last seven days, some 240 less than the previous week’s count of 1,748. The sharp drop in deaths on Sunday was mainly on account of Maharashtra reporting 34 fatalities, down from 57 recorded in the state on the previous day.
Southern states such as Karnataka (2), Andhra Pradesh (1), Tamil Nadu (7) and Telangana (2) reported daily tolls in single digits on Sunday, with only Kerala continuing to report a high number of deaths at 23. There were 19 deaths in Bengal and 13 in Uttar Pradesh.
For the first time in over seven months, Bengaluru reported zero deaths due to Covid-19 on Sunday. The last time the city had reported nil deaths was on June 7. Only Mysuru and Tumakuru among the state’s 30 districts reported a death each.
Delhi reported 399 new cases of the virus, lower than the count in Mumbai (657). However, Mumbai reported five fatalities as compared with 12 in the national capital.