NEW DELHI: More than 4.5 lakh fresh Covid-19 cases and 6,666 deaths from the virus were recorded in India in the past seven days, the highest so far, making it the deadliest week of the pandemic in the country. However, the growth rate of infections as well as fatalities continued to decrease.
On Sunday, 62,042 fresh cases were reported, taking India’s total coronavirus tally past 31 lakh, as per data collated by from state governments. This was a drop from the record 70,488 cases recorded on Saturday. Covid-19 mortalities too declined, with 856 deaths recorded on Sunday. This was the first time since August 11 that the daily Covid toll had dipped below 900.
While the pandemic continues to surge in the country, there is a distinct slowdown in the growth rate. In the past week, fresh cases rose by 4.7% over the previous week while deaths were up by just 1.7%. By contrast, the previous week (August 10-16) had seen cases grow by 5.9% and deaths by 4.4%. In the week before that (August 3-9), Covid-19 infections had risen by as much as 10.9% and deaths by 17.5%.
Active cases rose by 31,518 during the week, as compared with 43,601 in the previous.
Meanwhile, Delhi reported 1,450 fresh cases on Sunday, its highest daily count in August so far. On Sunday, many of the worst-hit states showed a drop in fresh cases, which could be linked to the number of tests decreasing sharply by more than 2.2 lakh from the previous day’s record high of over 10.2 lakh.