However, the overall case numbers remain low and, so far, the surge seems restricted to the three states. India recorded around 6,610 fresh cases in the week ending Sunday (April 11-17), up from a count of 4,900 in the previous seven days, as per TOI’s Covid database.
Although around 7,010 cases were reported in the previous week, Kerala’s cases have been deducted from the total for the purpose of comparison since the state has stopped issuing Covid data from the current week. Kerala had reported 2,185 cases last week (April 4-10), nearly a third of the national total.
Deaths from the virus continue to decline in the country with only 27 new fatalities recorded during the week, the lowest in over two years since March 23-29, 2020. Last week, 54 deaths were reported, 13 in Kerala.
All three states witnessing a surge in infections saw fresh cases more than double in the space of a week. Delhi logged by far the highest count of new cases at 2,307, a rise of 145% over last week’s tally of 943. The capital accounted for more than a third of all cases reported in the country.
In Haryana, weekly cases surged to 1,119, up 118% from the previous week’s count of 514. Uttar Pradesh reported a 141% spike in numbers, with 540 cases this week as opposed to 224 in the last. In both states, a majority of the new cases were being reported from NCR cities adjoining Delhi, such as Gurgaon, Noida and Ghaziabad.
Elsewhere, weekly cases remained more or less unchanged in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Rajasthan. In Gujarat, the spike in cases seen last week appears to have cooled off, with the state recording 110 cases as opposed to 115 in the previous week. Rajasthan logged a marginal rise in cases — 90 as compared to 67 — although the numbers were too low to be of concern yet.
Weekly cases in the country had steadily declined since the peak of the third wave in January 17-23. Despite the increase in infections this week, the overall Covid numbers in India remain comparable to those nearly two years ago, during the initial weeks of the national lockdown.
Active cases of the virus in the country stood at around 12,000, up nearly 1,000 during the week due to the spike in the three northern states.