India’s active cases of Covid-19 rose for the second successive day on Sunday, the first time since October 1 that the count had increased for more than a single day in a row.
Active cases rise when the count of fresh infections is higher than the number of recoveries. Rising number of active cases over several days indicates a surge in the pandemic. On Sunday, active cases registered a net increase of more than 2,500, the highest rise since October 1. Since that date, apart from this Saturday and Sunday, active cases had logged a net increase only on November 14, as the pandemic showed a steady decline through the month of October. The count is likely to fall again on Monday, a day when daily cases invariably see a sharp decline due to lower testing over the weekend.
Meanwhile, the country recorded 2,92,475 during the week (November 15-22), around the same number as was reported the previous week (2,92,549). Daily cases had remained low on the first two days of weeks because of lower testing and other disruptions due to festivals (Diwali and Bhai Dooj). Cases rose subsequently as a number of states in north and central India recorded a surge in the pandemic, along with a rise in Maharashtra and Gujarat. The week’s death toll at 3,641 was marginally higher than the number recorded in the previous seven days, when 3,476 fatalities were recorded.
On Sunday, 44,513 fresh cases were reported in the country, the first time in five days that the count had fallen below 45,000. The day’s death toll from the virus was 513, slightly higher than Saturday’s count of 500.
Delhi continued to report the highest Covid cases as well as deaths in the country. The capital recorded 6,746 new cases and 121 fatalities, both higher than the previous day’s numbers.
This came even as Rajasthan registered 3,260 fresh infections on Sunday, its highest single-day count so far.
Maharashtra added 5,753 new Covid-19 positive cases on Sunday, the fifth consecutive day that the state registered more than 5,000 cases in a 24-hour period. Maharashtra’s overall Covid tally stood at 17,80,208. The active cases that had dropped under 80,000 last week for the first time since July 4 rose once again to touch 81,512 on Sunday.
State capital Mumbai too saw an increase in daily detection and active cases. The city reported more than 1,000 daily cases for the third day in a row on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Uttarakhand governor Baby Rani Maurya tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday as the hill state recorded 466 fresh cases. With this, the number of novel coronavirus cases in Uttarakhand rose to 71,256. “The state also reported deaths of nine Covid-19 patients, pushing the death toll of the virus to 1,155,” a state official said.