NEW DELHI: The number of active cases of Covid-19 in India, which had swelled to over 37.2 lakh at the height of the second wave, has fallen below 10 lakh after 66 days.
The count, a direct indicator of the extent of the spread of infections in the country, dropped below 10 lakh on Sunday, and had fallen further to nearly 9.2 lakh by Monday.
Meanwhile, fresh cases and deaths dipped further on Monday. India reported 59,915 new cases, a 76-day low. The country had last reported less than 60,000 daily cases on March 30. The case count on Sunday was 71,228, as per TOI’s Covid database.
India also reported the fewest daily deaths in two months (since April 15), with 1,326 fatalities reported on Monday. The count does not include nearly as many (1,392) “backlog” deaths added to the overall toll by Maharashtra. With this Maharashtra has reported 19,116 old deaths since May 17, more than twice the number of fresh deaths (8,927) reported by the state during this period.
New cases, and often deaths, see a sharp drop on Mondays due to lower testing and staff shortages over the weekend. On Sunday, less than 15 lakh Covid tests were carried out in India, about 4 lakh less than the number on the previous day. Meanwhile, cases in south India and Maharashtra continued to fall at a much slower pace than in the north and in central India.