India reported 15,913 new cases on Tuesday as testing numbers were back to nearly 9 lakh after a sharp drop to 6.6 lakh on the previous day. The lower testing and other disruptions normally seen every weekend had led to the case count falling to 12,507 on Monday, as per TOI’s data collated from state governments.
The death toll from the pandemic too rose to nearly 200 (at 199), up from 169 recorded on Monday.
However, both the daily case count and deaths were lower than the numbers recorded on the previous Tuesday, a rough indicator of the continuing decline in the pandemic. On the previous Tuesday (January 5), India had registered 17,875 fresh cases and 228 fatalities.
Kerala continued to record the highest number of fresh cases at 5,507, followed by Maharashtra (2,936). No other state reported infection numbers in four figures, with count in Karnataka and Bengal the third highest in the country (both at 751).
Maharashtra again recorded the highest number of deaths at 50, followed by Kerala (25), bengal (18) and Delhi (16).
Kerala’s seven-day average test positive rate has been fluctuating between 9% and 10% for the past two months. Since the New Year, the state’s seven-day average TPR is the highest in the country. TPR is the percentage of people who test positive for the virus out of the total tests conducted.
In contrast, India has been able to bring down its seven-day average TPR from 4.1% on November 15 to 2.1% now.
Delhi recorded 386 fresh Covid-19 cases on Tuesday and the positivity rate remained much below one per cent, authorities said. This was the ninth time that the daily case count stood below the 500-mark in January.
Tamil Nadu on Tuesday logged 671 new cases taking the tally to 8,27,614 while the death toll increased to 12,236 with eight more fatalities. Significantly, the daily case count dipped below the 200 mark in Chennai after over eight months. Rajasthan on Tuesday reported 293 fresh Covid infections, the lowest daily addition in the past 199 days.