India recorded 171,520 fresh cases this week (December 13-20), the lowest since the June 28-July 5 week, and nearly 36,000 down from the previous week’s tally. This was the sixth straight week of falling cases and 13th overall in the last 14 weeks since infections peaked in mid-September.
The weekly death toll dropped to its lowest in more than six months, with the virus claiming 2,444 lives in the country in the past seven days. The last time India saw fewer deaths in a week was in June 7-14, when the toll was recorded at 2,318.
India is the only country among the 10 worst hit in the world — apart from Argentina — that has not seen a major surge in cases over the past two months. India’s situation is all the more unique considering that cases had peaked in Argentina only two months ago while India had a major festival season last month.
The death toll too has been steadily dropping. This week’s cases were 12.4% lower than the previous week, when the number stood at 2,789. Weekly deaths from the virus now stand at just 30% of what they were at the peak. India had recorded its highest weekly toll of 8,175 on September 13-20, exactly three months ago.
On an average, the country reported 351 deaths per day this week as opposed to 1,168 during September 13-20. Likewise, the daily average of fresh cases last week was 24,500, dropping below the 25,000 mark for the first week since June 28-July 5. At the pandemic’s peak, India was reporting an average of more than 92,000 cases. The current numbers are now nearly a fourth (26.6%) of the peak.
On Sunday, India reported 24,833 fresh cases, with the numbers from Assam still awaited till close to midnight. There were 324 deaths reported during the day, the lowest single-day toll since June 8.
Meanwhile, active cases fell marginally on Sunday to around 3.05 lakh. Recoveries rose to a little over 96 lakh.
Continuing the trend of the past week, Kerala posted the highest number of fresh cases at 5,711, followed by Maharashtra (3,811), Bengal (1,978) and Uttar Pradesh (1,247). Maharashtra also reported the highest fatalities at 98, with Bengal recording 40 deaths, followed by Kerala (30) and Delhi (26).