The sharp spurt in Covid-19 cases in Kerala after Onam has turned India’s new cases eight-week high with the state reporting 66% of total cases in the country.
Over 2.9 lakh new cases have been reported between August 23-29, which is 32% high from the previous week. These are also the highest number of cases since June 28- July 4 when there were 3.05 lakh new cases.
Out of the total cases Kerala has alone contributed 1.9 lakh cases, which is 55% high from the previous week’s 1.25 lakh cases. It is the highest number of cases in past 14 weeks in the state and highest in any Indian state in last 13 weeks.
Before this not a single state had accounted for two-thirds of total cases in the country since the beginning of the pandemic. It’s not any particular side of the country contributing highest number of cases as it’s only Kerala and not any neighbouring state like Tamil Nadu and Karnataka which are reporting these many cases.
The other state which has reported a rise in Covid-19 cases is only Maharashtra, which has recorded less than 1% rise in cases.
Kerala has also become the second state after Maharashtra to record more than 40 lakh Covid-19 cases.
The number of deaths during the week also rose by 10.5%. The deaths in the week were 3,439 while the deaths in previous week were 3,111.
In the mean time, India has been reporting more than 40,000 cases from past five days with 43,399 on Sunday. The Jharkhand’s cases were yet to be calculated in the Sunday’s tally. The deaths on Sunday stood at 373.