Daily cases of Covid-19 in India have remained below 20,000 for a week now, with the country recording around 17,000 fresh infections on Thursday.
Fresh cases of the virus from across India totalled to 16,981 on Thursday (with data from Jharkhand and Sikkim not available till past midnight), as per TOI’s Covid database. On Wednesday, the count was 19,238. The daily count hasn’t crossed 20,000 since October 7, when 21,480 cases were recorded.
The fall in cases was mainly due to Kerala numbers declining to 9,246, from 11,079 on Wednesday. At 2,384, Maharashtra recorded nearly the same number of fresh cases as on the previous day (2,219).
Gujarat, where Covid numbers have been among the lowest in the country over the past two-three months, recorded 34 new cases on Thursday. This was the highest single-day count since July 24 and comes in the midst of Navratra celebrations in the state. Active cases in Gujarat, although just 215, were the highest in 71 days.
Meanwhile, Haryana became the 13th state in the country to register more than 10,000 deaths. While the state reported no new fatality, 174 previous deaths were added to the overall toll.
On Thursday, 199 more Covid deaths were reported in the country. Kerala reported 96 fatalities, followed by Maharashtra (35), Tamil Nadu (20), and Andhra Pradesh and Bengal (10 each).