NEW DELHI: Delhi is one of only two states in the country, the other being Mizoram, where Covid-19 cases have shown an increase over the past two weeks as compared with the previous 14 days.
During these two weeks (October 18-November 1), Kerala emerged as the Covid-19 capital of the country, logging the highest number of fresh infections, even though the pandemic actually showed a decline as compared with the previous 14 days in the state.
Delhi recorded 59,199 new cases in the last two weeks (October 18-November 1), the third highest count in the country. More significantly, the capital bucked the nationwide trend of decreasing numbers. Cases rose by 45% in Delhi as compared with the previous two weeks when 40,611 infections were recorded.
Nationally, cases fell by 30% between the two periods, falling from 9,11,758 during October 4-18, to 6,35,963. The only other state which saw a rise in numbers was Mizoram, where the difference in cases was just 370.
Kerala became the only state, apart from Maharashtra, to log the highest number of fresh Covid-19 cases during any two-week period since the pandemic’s outbreak in March. The state recorded 93,249 in the past two weeks, higher than Maharashtra’s count of 82,410. Interestingly, the case count in Kerala had actually fallen by 17% from 111,953 infections reported in the previous two weeks. However, Maharashtra saw a much steeper fall of 44% after having recorded 147,712 cases during October 4-18.
Meanwhile, 37,374 fresh cases were recorded in the country on Monday. This represented a slight rise from the numbers recorded last Monday (October 26), when 36,604 infections were reported. The rise is significant because the count of new cases had been falling for the last six Mondays, in keeping with the decline trend of the pandemic in the country. This Monday’s numbers could be pointing to a flattening of the Covid-19 curve after a steady fall over the past seven weeks.
Mondays are different from other days of the week because cases show a steep fall, due to lower testing and manpower shortage over the weekends. Case rose this Monday, as compared with the last, despite the number of tests conducted in the country on Sunday falling to a five-week low. The number of tests conducted were 8,55,800, as per the covid19india.org website, the lowest since September 27.
Death from the virus on Monday stood at 502, a rise from the previous two days when the number was below 500.