Covid-19 numbers are rising sharply in several states in north and west India, despite another week of falling cases nationally. While Covid cases in India saw a fall of 6% in the week ending Sunday, the numbers in Delhi, Haryana and Jharkhand more than doubled during the period as compared with the previous seven days.
India recorded close to 46,000 cases during December 20-26, down from over 49,000 in the previous week and the lowest weekly count in over 19 months since May 18-24, 2020. The fall mainly reflected the pandemic’s trend in Kerala, which recorded 5,454 fewer cases than the previous week- a fall of 24%.
Elsewhere, Covid cases rose, in varying numbers, in as many as 16 states and Union territories. The spurt comes at a time of rising cases of Omicron in the country. However, since just around 500 Omicron cases have been documented in the country so far, it’s not clear whether the surge across states is linked to the new Covid variant.
Maharashtra posted 2,579 more cases than in the preceding week, translating to a 45% surge in numbers. The state logged 8,292 new infections, an eight-week high since 8,633 cases were reported in October 25-31.
In Jharkhand, cases have trebled in a week, based on six-day data since Sunday’s numbers weren’t available. Haryana recorded a 145% growth in cases, although the overall numbers were still low at 344. Delhi, meanwhile, reported over 1,000 new cases (1,155) this week, a first since June 21-27. This was a 141% rise from the previous seven days. Daily cases have risen from 102 on Tuesday to 290 on Sunday.
Other states in midst of a Covid spike include Gujarat, where cases have nearly doubled (up 97%), Uttar Pradesh (68% rise), Bihar (64%), Madhya Pradesh (57%), Rajasthan (50%) Uttarakhand (42%), Punjab (21%) and Chhattisgarh (20%).
Gujarat reported 177 Covid-19 cases on Sunday, its highest single-day addition since June 20 when the count was 185. Similarly, Maharashtra logged 1,648 cases in the last 24 hours, the highest in 64 days. Mumbai alone accounted for 896 cases.
Meanwhile, overall deaths from the pandemic in the country crossed 4.8 lakh on Sunday, with 2,440 fatalities reported during the week, including old deaths added to the toll.