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Covid-19: Active cases drop for 3rd day but deaths touch record 4.2k

Active Covid-19 cases in India have decreased for three straight days for the first time since early March, as has the seven-day average of daily cases, both indicating that the country may have reached, or is closing to reaching, the peak of the devastating second wave of the pandemic.

However, deaths from the virus surged again on Tuesday to 4,205, the highest daily toll recorded in the country till date. The previous highest was 4,187 reported on Friday. The total death toll from the pandemic in India crossed 2.5 lakh, with the country recording nearly 50,000 deaths in the last 14 days at a daily average of more than 3,528.

The daily case count remained below 3.5 lakh for the second day running, with 3,48,371 fresh infections recorded in the country.

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 Active cases too dipped marginally by 4,000 to settle at 3.71 lakh. While the daily toll in Maharashtra rose to 793 after staying below 600 for two days, at least nine states and Union territories recorded their highest ever deaths in a single day. These included Tamil Nadu, where fatalities rose sharply to 298 from a previous peak of 241.
The government said the overall trend of new cases was looking better, citing data from May 6 when India recorded 4,14,188 new cases, to May 7, when it came down to 4,01,078 cases, and May 8 when it touched 4,03,738 and then on May 9 when cases dropped to 3,66,161 and on May 10 when 3,29,942 cases were recorded.
On the other hand, states like Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Punjab and Goa are reporting an increase in daily cases. Around 26 states still have over 15% positivity, of which nine are in the 25% plus positivity, indicating the need to persist with containment and various forms of lockdowns.

The national positivity rate is around 21% and about 42% (310/734) of the districts are reporting a positivity rate more than the national average





January 28, 2020

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