Fresh Covid-19 cases in the country climbed back to over 70,000 after falling below 60,000 on Monday but the numbers remained lower than those reported through most of last week. However, the death toll on Tuesday, at 980, was the highest reported in the last four days.
India reported 72,552 new cases on Tuesday, taking the overall Covid-19 caseload to over 67.5 lakh, as per numbers collated from state governments. Barring Mondays, this was the lowest daily case count since August 25. The daily tally falls to anomalously low levels on Mondays, due to lower testing and manpower shortages over the weekend.
The number of active cases continued to fall because of the low count of fresh cases and high recoveries. Active cases fell by nearly 9,000 on Tuesday to less than 9.2 lakh. Recoveries rose to over 57.3 lakh, accounting for 84.9% of all cases. The country’s total death toll stood at 1,04,515.
Maharashtra reported 12,258 new cases on Tuesday and 370 deaths, taking the total caseload to 14,65,911 and deaths to 38,717. The fatalities reported on Tuesday were significantly higher than the 263 deaths reported on Monday. For the fourth consecutive day, the daily tally of Covid-19 cases in Mumbai dropped. On Tuesday, the city registered 1,625 cases – lowest in 28 days and a drop of over 10% from the previous day tally of 1,813.
However, Mumbai municipal corporation (BMC) officials were being guarded in their optimism. A BMC official said the pandemic situation would be seen to be stabilising only if the falling trend holds for another week or so.
Karnataka reported 9,993 new cases, up sharply from Monday’s 7,051. The day also saw the number of recoveries overtaking new positive cases, with 10,228 patients getting discharged. Bengaluru reported a record 5,012 cases on Tuesday. The city also recorded as many as 34 out of total 91 deaths in the state.