First time since June 7, weekly deaths below 2,000 in last 7 days – ET HealthWorld

India recorded less than 2,000 deaths from Covid-19 over the past seven days, the first time in 30 weeks that the weekly toll has fallen below that mark. There were 1,748 deaths recorded during the current week (December 28-January 3), a drop of 16% from the previous week’s toll of 2,087. The last time the weekly death toll in India was below 2,000 was in June 1-7, when 1,797 fatalities were reported.

Fatalities recorded this week were the lowest since the last week of May, more than seven months ago. The weekly death toll is nearly one-fifth (21.3%) of what it was during the peak in September 14-20, when 8,175 fatalities were recorded.

The tally of fresh cases too has fallen to nearly a fifth of the peak of the pandemic in the country. This week, fresh cases declined to 132,765, down 13% from the previous week. This was the eighth straight week of fall in cases. The current week’s tally is the lowest since 1.2 lakh cases were recorded in the last week of June (June 21-28).

The Covid-19 pandemic has been in recession in India since mid-September. On Sunday, fresh cases dropped to 16,733, a fall of nearly 1,400 from the previous day’s count. There were 217 deaths reported on the day. The tally of active cases fell below 2.5 lakh while the total caseload stood at 1,03,41,502. Kerala again added the highest number of fresh cases at 4,600, while there were 25 deaths in the state. No positive cases were detected among UK returnees in the last 24 hours, state health minister K K Shailaja said.

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