New Delhi: For the first time in more than a month, daily Covid-19 cases across the country have dropped below 80,000 on a day that was not a Monday. India recorded just over 75,000 fresh infections on Saturday while the day’s death toll too dropped below 1,000 to 939.
The probable reason for the dip was the public holiday on Friday (October 2) that led to lower processing of cases and fatalities. For the same reason, cases dip every Monday, a trend that has held with exception since early May.
India recorded 75,186 new cases on Saturday, taking the total caseload past the 6.5-million mark to 65,46,410, as per data collated by TOI from state governments. This was the lowest daily tally (except on Mondays) since 62,042 cases were recorded on August 23. The daily count had last fallen below 80,000 (again, excluding Mondays) on August 29, when 78,903 infections were reported.
Saturday’s death toll of 939 was only the third time since September 1 that the count was lower than 1,000. Earlier this week, on Monday, 783 fresh fatalities were reported, the lowest daily toll since August 2.
On Saturday, fresh cases fell from the previous day’s count in almost all states. Two notable exceptions were Bengal and Meghalaya, which registered their highest single-day tally of cases at 3,340 and 423, respectively.
Maharashtra reported 14,348 fresh infections, around 2,000 lower than Friday’s tally, while cases in Karnataka dropped below the 10,000 mark to 9,886. The state had recorded 10,070 infections on Friday. The number of recoveries in Karnataka exceeded the 5-lakh mark, with 8,989 patients getting discharged. However, Bengaluru continued to record the highest fresh cases among all cities in the country, with the count on Saturday at 3,925.
In Kerala, which has seen a major surge in the pandemic in recent days, daily cases dropped to 7,834 from 8,000-plus the previous day.
The daily death toll in Maharashtra dipped significantly to 278, after four days of 350-plus deaths. Mumbai continued to report 2000-plus cases, with 2,402 on Saturday.
Delhi recorded 2,258 cases and 31 deaths. This was the lowest daily toll in the Capital since September 25, when 24 fatalities were recorded.
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