January 21, 2022

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Covid-19: Daily cases rise 17% but 7-day deaths soar 70%

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Covid-19: Daily cases rise 17% but 7-day deaths soar 70%
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Covid-19: Daily cases rise 17% but 7-day deaths soar 70%
Covid-19: Daily cases rise 17% but 7-day deaths soar 70%

NEW DELHI: Covid-19 infections continued to surge in the country at a slightly slower rate than seen last week, with over 1.9 lakh fresh cases reported on Tuesday, up 17% from the previous day’s tally. Deaths from the virus, although still very low overall, were rising at a faster rate with each passing day.
India recorded 165 deaths on Tuesday — with data from one state awaited at the time of writing — up from 130 on the previous day. This was the highest daily toll in 41 days since 167 fatalities were reported on December 1 last year (discounting 182 deaths on December 15, when Kerala logged 125 fatalities due to the clubbing of data from several days).
The cumulative death toll in the last seven days was 70% higher than the number reported in the preceding seven days.
Tuesday’s tally of fresh cases stood at 1,94,711, which is likely to cross 1.95 lakh after numbers from one remaining state comes in. India had reported 1.67 lakh cases on Monday, down from 1.8 lakh seen on Sunday.
There has been a distinct slowdown in the growth of cases in the past four days as the daily percentage rise has remained less than 20%, with Monday seeing a fall of 7%. This period corresponds with the fall in daily numbers in Mumbai, where infections appear to have passed the peak, at least for now. Last week, daily cases had increased by as much as 56% on two successive days. However, several states continue to record a rate of growth in cases.
Deaths from the virus remain far lower than at a corresponding stage of daily cases during the second wave, when the toll had touched 1,000. However, fatalities are now rising in the country. In the past seven days, 866 Covid deaths were reported in the country, up from 511 in the preceding seven-day period — a rise of 70%. In these seven days, Kerala recorded 182 deaths, up from 132, Bengal 126, up from 77, and Delhi 87, up from just six in the preceding seven days.
Deaths have also risen sharply in several other states. Punjab recorded 37 deaths in the past seven days while the toll in the preceding week was eight. Similarly, fatalities have risen from four to 27 in Jharkhand, from one to 20 in Uttar Pradesh and from zero to 14 in Bihar.
On Tuesday, Maharashtra logged 34,424 new cases, a slight rise from the previous day’s tally of 33,470. Cases in Mumbai dropped 15% from Monday to 11,647, the fourth day of declining numbers in the city. Delhi recorded 21,259 cases, up from 19,166 while Bengal’s tally of 21,098 was slightly higher than Monday’s total of 19,286.
In Uttarakhand, cases nearly doubled in a day, rising from 1,292 to 2,127, while UP’s numbers jumped from 8,334 to 11,089. Odisha, Gujarat, Bihar, Punjab and Assam were among states that saw a sharp rise in cases.

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