The sharp dip in cases came out of the lowest number of tests conducted on the previous day since August 23. On Sunday, less than 6.6 lakh tests for the virus were run, a drop of more than 1.8 lakh from the previous day, as per the covid19india.org tracker.
While fresh cases dip every Monday due to lower testing and staff shortages over the weekend, this Monday’s numbers were nearly 4,000 less than the previous day’s count, a drop of around 25%.
India last recorded a lower tally of daily cases way back on June 16 last year, when 10,914 infections were reported. The last time a daily count of less than 15,000 was registered was on June 22, when countrywide cases totalled up to 14,778, as per TOI’s database collated from state government figures. There were 169 deaths from the virus on Monday, around the same as the previous day’s toll of 161.
Meanwhile, in the week just gone by (January 4-10), Maharashtra saw a spike of nearly 20% in fresh Covid cases after five weeks of decline. The state recorded 26,978 cases, up from 22,586 in the previous week. Kerala continued to log the most number of new cases in the country at 35,296, the count having remained unchanged from the previous week. Together, Kerala and Maharashtra accounted for nearly half of all cases detected in India during the week.
Among big states, Karnataka’ s count remained largely flat while Bengal, UP and Raj recorded the sharpest fall in cases. Bengal, identified recently by the Centre as one of four states where the pandemic was still seeing a spike, registered a fall of nearly 1,800 cases as compared with the previous week.